Half of cervical cancer deaths in England now occur in women aged over 65.  Most women in the NHS cervical screening programme aged over 65 have never had a test for human papillomavirus (HPV).

HPV testing of cervical samples has now replaced cytology for primary screening in many countries.  There is now evidence that a large proportion of deaths after age 65 might be prevented by one sensitive HPV test.  A vaginal swab taken by a doctor or the patient herself (self-sample) is likely to be the optimal testing strategy for women of this age group. 

If you have exited the NHS screening programme before 2019 or have not had a cervical screening test for the last two years, please call The London General Practice for an appointment to discuss cervical screening with a doctor.

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