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Screening

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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.

Screening can:

  • save lives;
  • reduce the risk of developing a disease;
  • reduce the risk of complications;
  • enable more effective and timely treatment; and
  • improve quality of life.

There are several screening programmes on offer in Gibraltar, depending on age and health requirements and a full list is available on http://screening.healthygibraltar.org/screening-programmes-and-you/

The department of Public Health are responsible for the following programmes:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening
  • Bowel Screening

For more information on Screening, visit the Health Promotion microsite: http://screening.healthygibraltar.org/