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Cancer screening: only a third of women in England take up all offers

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 17 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5588
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Only a third of women in England take up the three cancer screening services offered to them in their 60s, a study published in Journal of Medical Screening shows.1

In England, women in their 60s are invited for their last cervical screen before they exit the programme, breast screening every three years, and for bowel screening every two years.

To assess uptake of these programmes, researchers from King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London looked at how 3060 women aged 60-65 had responded to their …

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