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The NHS Cervical Screening Programme Posted on 5 Mar 2019

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts. Don’t ignore your #CervicalScreening invite #CervicalScreeningSavesLives @NHSuk @PHE_uk

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year.


However, coverage is at a 20-year low. Figures published by NHS Digital show that, at 31 March 2018, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) screened adequately was 71.4%. The national target for cervical screening coverage is 80% with coverage at its lowest amongst those aged 25 – 35.

Today Public Health England launch its first national multimedia cervical screening campaign.

Book your cervical smear test today!

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