There is no national screening programme for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in the UK. Find out why this is.
What is screening?
Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
- need to be reliable at picking up cancers
- overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
- must be something that people are willing to do
Screening tests are not perfect and have some risks. The screening programme should also be good value for money for the NHS.
Screening for NHL
There is no national screening programme for NHL in the UK. This is because:
- it isn't clear that screening for NHL can save lives
- the tests have risks
- some of the tests can be expensive
See your GP if you have any of the possible symptoms of NHL, or are worried about your cancer risk.