There are several English programmes, which while not being UK NSC-approved systematic population screening programmes, may be of interest. Note that these programmes are not managed by the UK National Screening Committee and are provided here for information only.
1. Prostate cancer
There is no organised screening programme for prostate cancer but an informed choice programme, Prostate Cancer Risk Management, has been introduced to provide high quality information for men requesting the PSA test. This should enable men to decide whether or not to have the test based on the available evidence about risks and benefits.
Prostate cancer risk management is managed by the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes.
Read the UK NSC policy statement on prostate cancer screening.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme provides young people under 25 in England the opportunity to get tested for chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK.
This is a disease management programme run by the Department of Health.
Access the National Chlamydia Screening Programme website at www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/ or use these direct links:
Read the UK NSC policy statement on chlamydia infection screening.
3. Health Check (vascular risk)
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Everyone between the ages of 40-74 who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk. Implementation of the programme will be phased and the full implementation is expected by 2012/13.