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Screening awareness for trans and non-binary people

Published: 22/08/2023

To help raise awareness about screening for trans (transgender) and non-binary people, Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance would like to share with our Cancer Champions some resources. The website provides information about the adult NHS screening programmes that are available in England and explains who is invited for each screening.

Cervical screening

Cervical screening (also known as a smear test) is a free NHS test that is carried out at your GP surgery or at some sexual health clinics and is looking for early changes in the cells of the cervix. If you have a cervix, or part of a cervix, then you are at risk of cervical cancer and should have regular cervical screenings.

Further information about cervical screening is available from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the NHS, Cancer Research UK and LGBT Foundation.

If you would prefer to watch a video explaining why cervical screening is important;

Breast/Chest screening

Breast screening is a free NHS test that is carried out at breast screening centres and at mobile breast screening units across England.

Breast screening can find cancers when they are too small to see or feel. Finding and treating cancer early gives you the best chance of survival. Screening will miss some cancers, and some cancers cannot be cured.

LGBT Foundation provides information about breast cancer and what your risk may be and Transgender chest awareness has information about "Who gets invited to breast screening?"

We hope that you will find these resources to be useful and would ask that you share them with any family, friends and work/community colleagues who are interested in screening awareness for trans and non-binary people.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Cancer Champions Team bv email.