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New leaflet aims to improve accessibility to screening for transgender people

We aim to make screening accessible and inclusive for all eligible populations.

For people who are trans (transgender) or non-binary (any gender that is not exclusively male or female), inequalities may exist because individuals:

  • do not know which screening programmes they are eligible for
  • are not invited for screening because of the gender they are registered as with their GP

For example, individuals registered as male may not be called for female specific cervical and breast screening, even though they might benefit from it.

Front cover of transgender screening leaflet
The new national screening information leaflet for transgender and non-binary people

We have therefore developed a new public information leaflet for trans and non-binary individuals.

It explains who we invite for breast screening, bowel cancer screening, cervical screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. It includes important information about all 4 screening processes and how to access additional support and advice.

The leaflet is based on original work undertaken by Public Health Wales (Screening Division) in 2014.

We developed it in consultation with NHS Choices and are very grateful for the feedback we received from representatives of the transgender community, including Michael Toze (transgender conduit), and Harri Weeks, of the National LGB&T Partnership.

You can download and print off the leaflet from GOV.UK as required. We will also be doing a small print run to send hard copies to specialist clinics and support groups.

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