Letters Cervical screening in under 25s

Dr McCartney is right, the BMA is wrong

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6679 (Published 18 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6679

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Colm P O’Mahony, consultant in sexual health and HIV1,
  2. Angela Robinson, consultant in sexual health and HIV2,
  3. Simon Barton, director sexual health and HIV3,
  4. Bill Beeby, general practitioner4
  1. 1Countess of Chester NHS Trust, Chester CH2 1UL, UK
  2. 2Camden Primary Care Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Chelsea and Westminster Trust, London, UK
  4. 4Parkway Medical Centre, Middlesbrough, UK
  1. colm.omahony{at}nhs.net

We agree with McCartney and fully support the English policy of not doing cervical smears in women under 25.1 Treating lesions that were destined for spontaneous regression can cause lasting harm to young women and is wrong. All the referenced studies she cites reiterate this. …

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