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The Importance of Being Screened for Cervical Cancer

I read this Guardian blog with interest today. I have recently spoken to a gynaecologist who commented on the rise in cases of women diagnosed with cervical cancer who are aged 25 and under that she treats on a daily basis.

The reason for this increase may be because in 2003 the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England changed the age at which women are first invited for cervical screening from 20 to 25 years. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland screening starts at aged 20. But why are there such differences in the screening programmes across the UK?

As the article mentions, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide after breast cancer accordingly to the World Health Organisation. Screening is clearly vital and therefore, questions must be raised as to why women aged under 25 are no longer considered to be in the 'at risk' category. The research shows that that in 2007, 70 women under 25 were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, cervical screening can help stop cervical cancer from developing. This is one of the few cancers that is preventable because pre-cancerous cell changes can be picked up before they have a chance to develop into cancer.My advice for all women with worrying symptoms is to go to your GP and get any symptoms investigated urgently, especially for those women under aged 25.

Amy Bond is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert Clinical Negligence Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9049 or claim online and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will contact you.