Some screening tests in Scotland are only offered to men, and others are only for women. You'll be invited to be screened based on your age and gender.
If you’re likely to be offered screening, please make sure that your GP practice has your current address so we can send you an invitation.
Screening for men
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is only offered to 65 year old men. However, if you’re over 65 and have never been screened, you can arrange an appointment by phoning your local AAA screening centre.
Screening for women
Only women will be offered:
- cervical screening (women aged 25 to 64)
- breast screening (women aged 50 to 70)
If you're over the age of 70 you can continue to have breast screening, but you'll need to arrange your own appointment every 3 years.
If you're on non-routine screening (where screening results have shown changes that need further investigation or follow up) you'll be invited for cervical screening up to 70 years of age.
Screening for everyone
Everyone will be offered:
- diabetic retinopathy screening (all over the age of 12)
- bowel screening (all aged 50 to 74)
If you’re 75 or over, you can still take a bowel screening test every 2 years. However, you’ll need to request a new test kit each time.
Pregnancy and newborn screening
We'll invite expectant parents to be tested during the term of pregnancy (pregnancy screening).
We'll invite new parents to have their child tested after birth (newborn screening).