NHS data shows drop in cervical cancer screening attendance

HPV has the highest risk associated with the development of cancer in both men and women. However it has more susceptibility to target women

HPV has the highest risk associated with the development of cancer in both men and women. However it has more susceptibility to target women

The study also suggests that unvaccinated women should only need seven lifetime screens when the new screening test comes in, five fewer than is now standard.

They found that those who received the vaccine would only need three smear tests in their lifetimes, with screening tests at ages 30, 40 and 55 preventing an additional 2.8% of cervical cancers.

Experts on the UK National Screening Committee are now reviewing the frequency at which women have to undergo the tests for cervical cancer.

Vaccination against the most risky types of HPV was introduced for girls aged 11-13 in 2008.

The differences in screening frequency are based on age-specific risk of cervical cancer.

"He said: "(Vaccinated) women are far less likely to develop cervical cancer so they don't need such stringent routine checking as those at a higher risk.

According to scientists, the location of the IUD stimulates an immune response in the cervix, triggering the body to fight the human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the key factors in the development of cervical cancer.

The study also suggested that unvaccinated women should only need seven lifetime screens when the new screening test comes in, five fewer than is now standard.

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'This decision would free up resources for where they are needed most.

In December 2019, changes to cervical testing will be introduced in England. Cervical cancer kills about 270,000 women a year, according to the World Health Organisation.

Lead author Dr Rebecca Landy, medical statistician at the universty's Wolfson Institute, said: 'Our results confirm that even in unvaccinated women, screening intervals can be safely lengthened with the introduction of HPV testing with cytology triage, compared to cytology testing'.

Testing for HPV first will be rolled out into the English cervical screening programme over the next two years. The current vaccine Gardasil protects against HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18 which are responsible for 70% of all cervical cancer.

The latest research suggests that these vaccinated women can still be effectively protected from cervical cancer with fewer Pap tests.

The findings from the Cancer Research UK-funded study have been published today in the International Journal of Cancer. Both IUD users and those with cervical cancer, which is the fourth most common form of cancer in women, have been identified.

"While we hope to see these improvements to the screening programme in the future, it's important that women continue to take up invitations for cervical screening".

'Screening attendance is falling across the United Kingdom and in England is now at 20-year low'.

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