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2. National policy is that women are offered screening every three or five years depending on their age. Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for routine screening every three years, whereas those aged 50 to 64 are invited for routine screening every five years. Coverage is defined as the percentage of women in the population who were eligible for screening on 31 March in any given year, who were screened adequately within a specified period (within 3.5 years for women aged 25-49, and within 5.5 years for women aged 50-64). This measure is known as 'age-appropriate coverage' and is also used in the Public Health Outcomes Framework. Women ineligible for screening and not included in coverage are those whose recall has been ceased for clinical reasons (most commonly due to hysterectomy).
3. Numbers in this press release are rounded to two decimal places. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
4. The measure that covers all women in the ages invited for routine screening is only available from 2011 onwards.
5. The nine reporting regions are North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East and South West Time from screening to receipt of test results as measured by expected date of delivery is calculated from summing monthly data for local authorities.
6. Of those aged 25 to 64 tested in the year, over 2.5 million (82.5 per cent) were tested following an invitation from the screening programme. The remaining women (17.5 per cent) had screening tests not prompted by the programme, for example a test initiated by the sample taker or by the woman, without her necessarily having been invited by the screening programme.
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