Jade Goody sparks DoH review of cervical cancer screen age

A panel of experts is to carry out an evidence review to determine whether women under 25 years should be routinely screened for cervical cancer in England.

Photograph: istockphoto/Elzbieta Sekowska
Photograph: istockphoto/Elzbieta Sekowska

The DoH decision follows a campaign in The Sun highlighting the plight of reality TV star Jade Goody.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all lowered the limit to 20 years.

The DoH says 25 is in line with WHO recommendations and the advice of leading experts in this country including the independent Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening (ACCS).

Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘Cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives every year and we want to ensure that our programme remains in the best interests of young women.’

One of the review’s priorities is to consider what measures might be taken to improve knowledge and awareness amongst GPs and practice nurses regarding the appropriate management of patients with possible symptoms of cervical cancer.


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