Guidance

Cancer screening: informed consent

These guidelines give commissioners, providers and healthcare professionals in cancer screening information on consent to screening and procedures.

Documents

Consent to cancer screening

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Details

Please note: this guidance is currently under review

These guidelines provide information on consent and ceasing patients from screening programmes. The document covers information and advice on:

  • breast screening
  • cervical screening
  • bowel cancer screening
  • mental capacity and consent

It also provides several template letters for patients withdrawing from programmes.

Information for people wishing to opt out of receiving screening invitations is available.

Published 1 January 2009
Last updated 13 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Link provided to information about opting out of screening invitations.
  2. First published.