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Information for people who are Transgender (trans) and/or Non-Binary

This information is for you if you are transgender (trans) and/or non-binary. 

If you are a friend, family member 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 their doctor, for example registered as male, female or something else i.e. ‘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 how a person's gender is registered with their doctor, some people may be automatically invited for screening that they do not need.  For example, if you are registered with your doctor 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 doctor 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 doctor, 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

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.

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

Tell us what you think

if you have had a good or bad experience of screening, or if you have any comments for us, we would love to hear from you.  You might want to tell us if:

  • You feel you have not been treated with dignity and respect.
  • You want to share your experience with us.
  • You want to share your ideas on how to improve screening services.

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


For more information or advice, visit the following websites: