Welcome to the Screening Website of the Public Health Department. This website provides information and advice on several aspects of screening.
Screening is a public health service in which the health service invites members of a defined population, who have no symptoms or other reason to believe they are unwell to come forward and be tested for the presence of a disease.
Screening populations for disease is fundamentally, philosophically and functionally different from detecting disease in a patient and has important ethical differences from everyday clinical practice.
Paul Lyon – 1.1.19
“There is always a certain amount of trepidation when a person has to undergo a medical procedure or some form of testing and it is likely that this may increase as one gets older. read more…
Richard Cartwright – 13.12.18
“I suppose it goes without saying you should look after your health at any age. However many ailments seem to manifest themselves later in life such as bowel problems and others in that area, especially in men: bowel cancer, prostate issues etc. I understand are more prevalent in men. read more…
Are you 60 years and older?
Do you know someone who has received their screening test kit but is undecided on whether or not to take part?
Read some of the informative and inspiring first-hand testimonials below, and make sure you (and those you know) take part!
Men aged 65 years and over are routinely invited to take part in the AAA screening programme; screening for AAA can reduce the number of deaths from burst aneurysms [in this age group] by up to 50%.
If this isn’t enough to get you, or someone you know, to take part read some of these champion testimonials: read more…
The Health Promotion department teamed up with several professionals from the GHA, students from the School of Health Studies and members from Cancer Relief Gibraltar to raise awareness about bowel health and the importance of participating in the GHA Bowel Health Screening programme.
The bowel is the large intestine (colon and rectum) of the body. It can be the site of polyps and cancers which tend to occur more commonly in older people. Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is common in Gibraltar and is the 3rd leading cause of deaths due to cancer.
People aged 60 years and over are routinely invited to participate in the GHA Bowel Screening programme. If you are 60 years or over and have not been contacted, but wish to participate in the programme, please contact Microbiology, Tel: +350 20007173.
To help prevent colon cancer, the Public Health Department advises you to:
- Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- Limit your intake of red and processed meats
- Choose whole grain food products
- Try and maintain a healthy weight
- Do at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday
- Avoid drinking alcohol in excess
- Do not smoke