NHS Cervical Screening Programme

NHS Cervical Screening Programme

A national surveillance programme run in each of the four countries of the UK for early detection of cervical cancer and pre-cancer, which is based on assessing cells (cytology) obtained from the uterine cervix for malignant or pre-malignant changes.

Cervical cytology screening is offered triennially to women from age 20 to 60 in Scotland and 25 to 50 in England, and every five years from 50 to 65. The chain of responsibility for the cervical cytology screening programme flows from the DH, to the strategic health authority, to the primary care trust, to the hospital trust. A criticism of the screening programme is the age at which screening begins—i.e., to assume a “reasonable” age of onset of sexual activity, and that 100% of dysplasias and invasive carcinomas will be picked up on the first screening pap smear at age 25
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Women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited for regular cervical screening under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
The NHS cervical screening programme changed its policy in 2012 to start screening at age 25; I would strongly advise you attend when your time comes.
HPV testing will be part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme and means that resources can be more effectively targeted, reducing unnecessary procedures and the anxiety that they may cause for women.
The NHS cervical screening programme will continue for all women from the age of 25.
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme began in 1988 and has helped drop numbers of cervical cancer with 4,654 cases compared to 253 in 2006 in the West Midlands
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme in Scotland offers free tests for women aged 20-64.
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme is highly successful, saving around 4, 500 lives every year in England.
The NHS Cervical Screening programme saves about 4,500 lives every year in England.
In October 2003, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme announced the introduction of Liquid Based Cytology (LBC) - the latest screening technology.
NHS cervical screening programme to introduce liquid based cytology [News roundup].
A new method for screening women for cervical cancer was also announced yesterday by the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme and Cervical Screening Wales may wish to consider evaluating further the different products as the method is introduced.