Cancer Advice


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

An easy guide to Cervical Cancer Screening (PDF)

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

GOV.UK: Breast Screening – Helping Women Decide

Breast Cancer Screening for People with Learning Disabilities

An easy guide to Breast Screening (PDF)

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

An easy guide to Bowel Screening (PDF)


Lung cancer

Lung cancer – Information about symptoms

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Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer – Information about symptoms

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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:

Specific Information

For more specific information depending on body area: