New cervical cancer study backs change in screening age

There’ll be a safety net HPV test for women who were abused as girls

NEW data shows the Pap smear screening program has failed to reduce cervical cancer rates among women aged 20 to 24 years, backing the move to start HPV screening at age 25 from next year.

The review of the impact of the Australian National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) provides useful ammunition for GPs who might have to allay concerns among young women that the May 2017 renewal program is ‘unsafe’ because screening starts in