Read about what screening is and why there is currently no screening programme for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).
There is no national screening programme because:
- this condition is very rare, so many people would have unnecessary tests
- the benefits don't outweigh the costs
Leukaemia is not a common condition. It would probably be most cost effective to screen people who may be at higher risk. But first, we must be sure we know who has a higher risk.
Talk to your GP if you think you are at higher than average risk of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
What screening is
Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
- must be reliable at picking up the illness
- must be simple and quick
- overall must do more good than harm to people taking part