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Monday 24th October 2016

Cervical cancer campaign

25th June 2009

A new campaign is being launched by the government to ensure GPs spot cervical cancer symptoms earlier in young women and refer patients correctly.

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A review, carried out by the independent Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening (ACCS), reported concern that young women who present to their GPs with cervical cancer symptoms are not always being given appropriate advice.

It has recommended taking immediate action by offering GPs new guidance on the management of young women with gynaecological symptoms; an audit of young women diagnosed with cervical cancer; launching an awareness campaign for GPs and practice nurses; an audit of all young women diagnosed with cervical cancer looking at their symptoms prior to diagnosis; and expanding work to increase screening uptake in women aged 25 to 34.

Launching the initiative, Health Minister Ann Keen said: “In the past few months I have met with a number of young women who have cervical cancer. I have listened carefully and I am determined to make sure that our policy is in their best interests.

“That is why I asked the ACCS to carry out a review into the cervical screening age because I wanted to make sure that our guidelines are based on the latest available clinical evidence.

“They have concluded that the screening age should not be lowered but have recommended that we do more work around the treatment of symptomatic patients.”

The ACCS was unanimous in its decision not to lower the screening age below 25 as it may do more harm than good causing too many false positives.


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