Opting out of the NHS population screening programmes

How to opt out of an NHS screening programme if you no longer wish to be offered screening.



This publication sets out how members of the public can opt out of screening so they will no longer get invitations. It covers the NHS screening programmes for:

  • abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • bowel cancer
  • breast screening
  • cervical screening
  • diabetic eye screening
Published 7 September 2016
Last updated 29 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated wording under 'Diabetic eye screening' section.

  2. Breast screening section now links to 'Opting out of breast screening' guidance, rather than generic 'Cancer screening: informed consent' guidance.

  3. First published.