Policy briefing

Cervical screening

Read our policy briefing on new Public Health England guidance on the importance of practice nurses educating women about cervical screening.
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Read our policy briefing on new guidance from Public Health England on the importance of practice nurses educating women about cervical screening.

Essential facts

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause more than 99% of all cervical cancers. The UK HPV immunisation programme started in 2008. All girls aged 12 to 13 are offered the HPV vaccine as part of the NHS adolescent vaccination programme.

In England, the cervical screening programme is offered to women just before their 25th birthday. Screening is offered as follows:

  • Women aged 25 to 49 are invited every three years.
  • Women aged 50 to 64 every five years.
  • Women over 65 – only women who haven't been screened since age 50 or those who have recently had abnormal tests.

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