Change to age range for Cervical Screening

Changes to the Cervical Screening Programme

From 6th June 2016 the age range for women invited for cervical screening will be raised from 20 to 25 and extended from 60 to 64 and 364 days.  The frequency of routine cervical screening will continue to be every 3 years for women aged 25 to 60 but will change to be every 5 years for women aged over 60.

 The changes will be introduced on 6th June 2016 and follow recommendations made by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) the body that advise Ministers and the NHS in the four UK countries on all aspects of screening.

A review of cervical screening held in 2012 by the UK MSC concluded that screening women under the age of 25 is not effective at preventing cervical cancer.

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