Cervical screening age to be re-examined

Benefits of screening women under 25 for cervical cancer will be re-examined, health minister Ann Keen said this week.

In a House of Commons debate, Fraser Kemp, Labour MP for Houghton & Washington East, said that recent studies had suggested that women under 25 would benefit from screening.

In 2004, the age at which cervical cancer screening begins was raised from 20 to 25 years.

Ms Keen said that the government was always striving to improve the programme. ‘The evidence has to be looked at again,' she said.

She added: ‘It is always right to look again when issues are introduced as my honourable friend has introduced this one. I give a commitment to keep a very close eye on the issue and keep my honourable friend informed of progress.'

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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