Cancer screening: informed consent

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


Consent to cancer screening

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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 14 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Consent to cancer screening' with information on the upper age limit of eligibility for routine breast screening invitations.

  2. Link provided to information about opting out of screening invitations.

  3. First published.