Cervical screening uptake could increase with better patient advice

HPV education programmes could increase the uptake of cervical screening, a survey of British women suggests.

Credit: Haymarket Medical/J H Lancy

Researchers asked 195 women aged 26-27 whether they would still go for cervical screening after being vaccinated for HPV.

The women were asked before and after they were given information about cervical cancer, HPV and vaccination.

The proportion of women who said they would continue to go for cervical screening after being vaccinated increased from 22% to 60% after being given the information.

The women questioned had previously missed a cervical screening appointment.

The survey was funded by GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of the HPV vaccine Cervarix.


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