From 1 November the National Cervical Screening Programme is recommending the following approach:
• Women under 25, who have already been screened should continue with screening.
• Women under 25, who have not started cervical screening should commence screening at 25.
Why this change?
Previously cervical screening programme started at age 20. Cervical cancer under 25 is rare. There is no good evidence starting early prevents cervical cancer. Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine is stopping the virus causing cervical cancer.
What if I have symptoms and I am under 25?
if you have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, a persistent discharge or pain should discuss with your GP.