The UK NSC recommendation on Cervical Cancer screening in women (currently in consultation)
Find general information about population health screening.
More about Cervical Cancer
The cervix is the lower part (or neck) of the womb, made of muscle tissue. It is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Cancer of the cervix is a relatively rare type of cancer. In the UK, approximately 2,800 women are diagnosed with it each year.
Screening in the UK
Compare how screening is offered across the UK.
• The British Association for Cancer Research
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the recommendation review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's recommendation review process.
Related documentsAppendix 1: Welsh discussion paper on cervical screening policy (PDF document, 638KB, 10/05/12)
Appendix 2: Comparison of screening from age 20 and age 25 (PowerPoint presentation, 119KB, 10/05/12)
Summary and consultation responses for age of first invitation for cervical screening and frequency of invitation for women aged between 50 to 64 years paper (PDF document, 8.52MB, 11/12/12)
Confidentiality and disclosure
The UK NSC aims to publish all responses to recommendation consultations in full. However we realise that some respondents may wish to remain anonymous. The consultation feedback form enables respondents to specify that their name should not be made public.
The UK NSC operates in accordance with the access to information regimes (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). As such it will always be necessary to remove patient identifiable information, even if permission to publish this has been specifically given.
If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the UK National Screening Committee.
The UK National Screening Committee will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and, in most circumstances, this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.
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