If abnormal cells are caught early, which they often are through the cervical screening programme
, cancer can be prevented or treated.
"The NHS cervical screening programme
invites all women from the age of 25 to 64 to attend cervical screening.; women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years and those aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every five years."
Back in 2013 the policy for the cervical screening programme
Professor Anne Mackie, director of screening at Public Health England, which runs the cervical screening programme
, said the declining takeup rate was "of real concern".
Robert Music, chief executive for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "It is fantastic that Wales is the first UK country to change its cervical screening programme
. This will save lives."
Last February the University of Nicosia medical school together with Business Professional Women, Cyprus (BPW), and with the support of the health ministry, embarked upon a cervical screening programme
for some of the remote communities of Limassol and Larnaca/Famagusta districts.
NZNO wants Maori women's cervical screening data to be protected by the National Kai Tiaki Group (NKG), if a proposal to allow more staff to directly access the National Cervical Screening Programme
(NCSP) register goes ahead.
The current cervical screening programme
saves about 5,000 lives in the UK a year but uptake is falling with almost one in four women in Wales (23 per cent) not attending.
The NHS offers a cervical screening programme
to all women from the age of 25.
Women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited for regular cervical screening under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
Rachel Jones, head of Cervical Screening Wales, said: "Although women in Wales are more likely to join in with the cervical screening programme
than in some other parts of the UK, we are seeing small falls in participation each year, which is a worrying trend.