New statistics on cervical screening programme for 2019-20 published
Notes for editors
- National policy is that women are offered screening every three or five years depending on their age. Women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited for regular cervical screening under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Coverage is defined as the percentage of women eligible for screening at a given point in time who were screened adequately within a specified period (within 3.5 years for women aged 25 to 49, and within 5.5 years for women aged 50 to 64).
- The reasons for the 6.8% decrease in the number tested between 2018-19 and 2019-20 are not clear. Contributory factors may include:
- Increase in the number of women tested in 2018-19. A screening awareness campaign starting in March 2019 may have contributed to this.
- Reduction in the number of tests carried out in 2019-20 may be due in part to disruption from covid-19 at the end of 2019-20.
The number of tests carried out in 2019-20 is similar to earlier years (e.g. 2016-17 and 2017-18).
- The geographic breakdowns included in the dashboard are upper tier local authority, region and country.
- Disruption from the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) is now starting to affect the quality of some of our statistics. This report includes new data for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, therefore most programme activity is unaffected by COVID-19. However, data collection and submission processes, which continued after 31 March 2020 are more significantly affected by COVID-19 disruption.
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Last edited: 13 July 2021 3:44 pm