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Cervical screening saves lives

22 February 2022

Women are urged not to ignore their cervical screening invite, and if they missed their last one, they are advised to book an appointment with their GP practice or sexual health clinic.

Around 2,700 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and approximately 690 women die from the disease – around two deaths every day. In Richmond upon Thames, from mid-2018 to 2021, over 43,000 women took up their offer of cervical screening while 20,000 women didn’t.

NHS cervical screening is offered to women and people with a cervix between the ages of 24.5 and 49 every three years. For those between the ages of 50 and 64, screening is offered every five years. Screening only takes a few minutes and helps to check the health of the cervix.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the name of a very common group of viruses that most people will get at some point in their lives. When it is of a high-risk type it can lead to cervical cancer if not detected early. Cervical screening checks help detect high-risk types of HPV.

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Up to: February 2022

Updated: 1 March 2022

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