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Cervical screening should continue after age 65, study concludes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g261 (Published 15 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g261
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Consideration should be given to raising the upper age at which women are offered cervical screening above 65 years to take account of increasing life expectancy, research has suggested.

The study, published in PLOS Medicine, confirmed that screening women for cervical cancer beyond the age of 50 saved lives but added that there were also benefits to screening women up to the age of 69.1

Under the NHS in England’s cervical screening programme women are invited for cervical screening every three years from the age of 25 to 50 and then every five years until 65.

The researchers, …

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