Letters Cervical screening

Women under 25 should be offered screening

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39115.406771.1F (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:273
  1. Amanda Herbert, consultant histopathologist and cytopathologist1,
  2. John H F Smith, consultant histopathologist and cytopathologist2
  1. 1Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London SE1 7EH amanda.herbert@kcl.ac.uk
  2. 2Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

    There may be several reasons why cervical screening coverage in young women has fallen yet again, including problems with access to appointments with general practitioners, but the new policy not to screen women aged 20-24 can hardly have helped.1 It was announced with the message that screening that age group caused more harm than good, which is unlikely to encourage them to accept their invitations from age 25. Prevalence of carcinoma in situ (CIN3) has increased in women aged 20-24 (figure …

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