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Where screening for cancer is possible it is an essential tool in detecting abnormalities at an early stage, allowing treatment when the cancer is most likely to be curable, or in some cases, even before it develops.

National cancer screening programmes exist for breast, bowel and cervical cancer. We remain committed to introducing new screening programmes as and when they are proven to be both clinically and cost-effective.

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