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Age for starting cervical cancer screening in England will not be lowered

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2583
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The government has ruled that 25 should remain the age at which women start screening for cervical cancer in England, after a review by an independent advisory committee. But GPs will be given guidance to improve the management of young women with gynaecological symptoms.

    The Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening agreed unanimously that the screening age should not be lowered, because evidence shows that earlier screening could do more harm than good. There has been a high profile campaign to reduce the screening age to 20 after the death of the reality television star …

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