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Letters Cervical screening by age

Let’s not screen women under 25 throughout the UK

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3426
  1. Colm O’Mahony, consultant in sexual health1,
  2. Nicola Steedman, consultant1,
  3. Michelle Yong, specialist registrar1,
  4. Elizabeth R Anderson, specialist registrar1,
  5. Vicki Finnegan, staff grade1,
  6. Lynn Price, associate specialist1
  1. 1Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester CH2 1UL
  1. colm.omahony{at}

    For many years doctors working in English sexual health services have been frustrated that the policy on age of first cervical smear test is not consistent throughout the United Kingdom, although published papers show the futility of cervical screening under the age of 25.1 The recent editorial and paper by Sasieni and colleagues categorically state that cervical …

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