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Women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited for regular cervical screening under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. This is intended to detect abnormalities within the cervix that could, if undetected and untreated, develop into cervical cancer.
This statistical report, co-authored with Public Health England (PHE), reports on the NHS Cervical Screening Programme for England in 2019-20. It includes data on the call and recall system, on screening samples examined by pathology laboratories and on subsequent referrals to colposcopy clinics.
72.2% of eligible women aged 25 to 64 adequately screened
A 0.3 percentage point increase on the previous year, when coverage was 71.9%.
4.63 million women aged 25 to 64 invited for screening
An increase of 5.0% on the previous year, when 4.41 million were invited.
3.20 million women aged 25 to 64 tested
A decrease of 6.8% on the previous year, when 3.43 million were tested