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Information for people who are Transgender or Non-Binary

This information is for you if you are trans (transgender), non-binary or gender-diverse.

If you are a family member, friend or health professional you may also find this information helpful.

Information in this section will help you understand which screening tests you can have and when.  It will also help you decide whether to take part or not.
 

How will I be invited for screening?

If you live in Wales, screening programmes will invite you based on your:

  • age; and
  • gender.

People are invited based on how they are registered with the GP, for example registered as male, female or something else (for example ‘non-specified’)

Your risk of certain conditions can depend on the sex you were assigned at birth.  For example if you were assigned male at birth, you are six times more likely to have an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm than someone who was assigned female at birth.

Based on the registered gender marker, some people may be automatically invited for screening that they do not need.  For example if you are registered with your GP as female, you will be invited to make an appointment for cervical screening. If you do not have a cervix, you do not need to attend.

Based on the registered gender marker, some people may not be automatically invited but are recommended to consider attending.  For example, if you are not registered with your GP as female, you will not be invited for breast screening even though you might have breasts.

If you think you should have been invited for a screening test, contact your GP or visit the contact us pages of the programme. They will be able to tell you how to get the tests you need.

 

NHS Screening

The following information will tell you which screening tests you:

  • will be invited for
  • could benefit from

Assigned male at birth (flow chart)  
Assigned female at birth (flow chart)

You can find information about the different screening programmes in this leaflet.  It will tell you which screening is available to you.  Contact details for the different screening programmes are provided should you have a question and want to get in touch.

 

Taking part in screening

We understand that you might be worried about taking part in screening.  You may want to talk to somebody you trust for example friends, family or a health professional.

To help you decide whether screening is right for you, visit our frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions on any of the screening programmes visit the programme website.

If you can’t find what you are looking for get in touch using the contact us page.
 

Tell us what you think

It is important that everyone is treated with dignity and respect when taking part in screening.   We would like to hear from you if:

  • You have not been treated in this way
  • You want to share your experience with us
  • We could improve our services

Everything you tell us will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Email: screening.feedback@wales.nhs.uk
 

How can I get involved?

Check out the programme feedback pages as there may be opportunities for you to get involved in the future.
 

Discover more

For more information or advice, visit the following websites:

 

Frequently asked questions


I have received a bowel test kit which has been addressed to my birth name. What should I do?
 
If you have received your bowel screening test kit and have noticed that the details are incorrect you will need to let us know. You can contact Bowel Screening Wales on the helpline number 0800 294 3370, and ask for your details to be changed.  Rydym yn croesawu galwadau ffon yn Gymraeg / We welcome phone calls in Welsh.
 
I have been called back for a colonoscopy after completing my bowel screening test kit. As part of my transition I have had gender confirmation (bottom end) surgery. I am a bit worried about having the colonoscopy and wondered if my previous surgery may cause me any problems when having this procedure?
 
If you are an FtM/trans man or an MtF/trans woman who has previously had gender confirmation (bottom end) surgery you may find having a colonoscopy more uncomfortable. You may want to talk to your Specialist Screening Practitioner, GP or Practice Nurse about this before having your colonoscopy.