Cervical cancer screening in women under 25 causes 'more harm than good'

Until now, the ages at which women were invited to attend varied slightly between the four countries. Women in Scotland and Wales received their first invitation for screening at age 20 while in England and Northern Ireland the initiation age was 25.

The NSC began a review in May with a view to producing a definitive policy for the UK.

In a statement, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Dr Tony Falconer, said screening younger woman had not been shown to be effective.

“Cervical cancer in women under 25 is extremely rare and many abnormalities in women in