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Women should be offered cancer checks during work breaks and while shopping to boost uptake, a review says

Women should be offered cancer checks during work breaks and while shopping to boost uptake, a review says

WOMEN should be offered cancer checks during work breaks and while shopping to boost uptake, a review says.

Health chiefs must improve access to breast and cervical screening so saving thousands of lives.

Women should be offered cancer checks during work breaks and while shopping to boost uptakeCredit: Corbis – Getty

Patients should get text reminders and GPs funds for out-of-hours appointments with all patients to get results in two weeks.

The recommendations — including Facebook uptake campaigns — are in a blueprint for the £660million-a-year NHS screening programme.

It sends out 15million invites a year but only two in three are taken up.

Breast and bowel screening targets have not been met and cervical checks are at a 21-year low, with embarrassment said to put many off.

Cancer expert and review leader Prof Sir Mike Richards said: “Catching cancer early saves lives but with family life so hectic it’s too easy to put job or family ahead of your health.

“When you can arrange everything from a plane ticket to a mortgage at the touch of a button we want to make health checks more convenient too.

“People should be able to get screened for cancer when they pop out for lunch or a coffee.”

He said delays in introducing HPV cervical cancer tests and a new bowel cancer check had cost lives.

He blamed “confusion” over who is responsible for services — and called for Public Health England to be stripped of responsibility.

Macmillan Cancer Support called for urgent implementation of his recommendations.

Health chiefs must improve access to breast and cervical screening so saving thousands of livesCredit: Getty – Contributor
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