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.'


Comment below and tell us what you think


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...