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New cervical cancer guidance

3rd March 2010

New guidance from the Department of Health has recommended that GPs should conduct a pelvic examination on young women who present with abnormal vaginal bleeding to rule out early cervical cancer.

The guidance says all women aged 20 to 24 who present with either postcoital or persistent intermenstrual bleeding should be offered an immediate speculum exam. The DH describes this as the ‘critical intervention in the diagnosis of cervical cancer.’

The guidance comes after it emerged that fewer than 50 women aged under 25 are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year.

 

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