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2015/16 - what we have done
Find out what we have done in 2015/16 to develop cancer services in Bradford.
Over the past year, we have been promotiing the importance of cancer screening to our local population. We want more of our population to attend cancer screenings and highlight any unusual signs and symptoms to their GP. To raise awareness we held a successful open event in August 2015, in partnership with Bradford Districts CCG.
There are three main types of cancer screening;
- bowel cancer screening,
- breast cancer screening,
- cervical cancer screening.
NHS bowel cancer screening programme
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Having a bowel cancer screening test reduces your chances of dying from bowel cancer as it can spot the signs early.
The NHS offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. This age range is currently being extended to 60 to 74. People within the age range are automatically sent an invitation and a screening kit to enable them to do the test at home. Although there is the option to opt-out of this service by contacting the NHS bowel cancer screening programme directly.
NHS breast cancer screening programme
Breast cancer screening saves lives by finding breast cancers at an early stage when they are too small to see or feel. Screening is offered every three years to all women aged 50 to 70. Some older and yonger women are also being invited as part of a study on screening in different age groups. People over the age of 70 are still at risk of breast cancer and can choose to continue to have breast screening every three years.
NHS cervical screening programme
Cervical screening is not a specific test just for cancer, it also spots any abnormalities. All women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every three years and women aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years. There have been nationally-led screening campaigns which we have heavily publicised in Bradford. We also work with our local GP practices to encourage engagement with relevant screening programmes.
Improving access to care
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued new best practice guidance on patient referrals for care. The guidelines make recommendations on how to manage the referral process for patients with potential cancer symptoms who present to primary care services.
We have an established cancer local area network (CLAN) who meet on a regular basis. These meetings ensure good communication and relationship building between local providers, charities and other organisations to ensure the best possible care is available to those who need it.
We have developed a cancer recovery package in conjunction with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT). This aim of the package is to help patients live well with, and beyond cancer.
Currently, this package is available for patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are now in the recovery phase. The relative risks of these patients are identified and those who are suitable have a programme of education and, based on the clinical evidence, reduced interventions - access to medical support is still provided. The patients who are not suitable, continue with the same level of clinical input.
We are also developing recovery packages for other types of cancers.