Information about cancer
WATCH: Act early video
Our local website, The Small C, has useful information about the signs of cancer and screening.
NCL cancer alliance
Welcome to our website, where we have lots of important info about cancer care in NCL (North Central London). We want to help patients and their families, with everything related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Let’s work together for better health and support on this journey!
Cervical cancer screening
Watch this video on what to expect at your appointment.
We provide cervical screening ‘smear tests’ here at the surgery with the practice nurse. We are looking for the presence of the HPV virus on the cervix. Even though it is a common virus and is usually harmless, there is a small chance of it causing cell damage and sometimes cancer. If you are eligible/due you can call us anytime to arrange your cervical cancer screening.
Cervical cancer screening for people with learning disabilities
For a real-life video experience ‘The Smear Test Film’
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer symptoms – Information about symptoms
In Islington and Camden, the Breast Screening Service is provided by The Central and East London Breast Screening Service.
When Will I Be Invited?
- Ages 50-53 – you will get your first invite
- Ages 50-71 – every 3 years
If you missed your breast screening appointment or wish to change your appointment:
Information About Breast Screening in Other Languages
Breast Cancer Screening for People with Learning Disabilities
For a real-life video breast screening experience ‘Do the test – GO FOR IT!’
Bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer – Information about symptoms
The NHS Bowel Screening Programme will send you the screening kits in the post when you are eligible/due. These kits are used to look for blood in the stool (poo), which can be a sign of cancer.
Using your bowel cancer screening kit – in multiple languages.
When Will You Be Invited?
- Ages 60-74 – are automatically sent a kit every 2 years
- Ages over 75 – you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 6060 (please call this line also if you have lost your kit)
- Ages 50-60 – will gradually start to be offered bowel cancer screening too
Bowel Cancer Screening for People with Learning Disabilities
Lung cancer – Information about symptoms
Prostate cancer – Information about symptoms
2 weeks wait
If you have been given a 2-week wait (2WW) referral by your GP to further investigate the possibility of cancer, please find information here:
For general information:
For more specific information depending on body area: