Screening aims to reduce illness and deaths from certain preventable diseases.  The underlying concept of screening is that early detection of risk factors or early disease is beneficial for the clinical or public health outcome.

See also our page on Health Checks.

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External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce screening statistics both at national and local levels.

  • NHS England publishes KPIs for all NHS screening programmes. The OHID Public Health Profiles also contain key screening statistics, including data on cancer screening, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening, infectious diseases in pregnancy screening, sickle cell and thalassaemia screening, newborn bloodspot and hearing screening, and retinal screening for diabetes patients.
  • NHS Digital produce reports on the Breast Screening Programme and the Cervical Screening Programme.