Women in Camden and Islington can access cervical screening services through either their GP practice or at one of the family planning clinics.
Women aged 25 to 64 years of age are invited for screening, in compliance with national policy as introduced in October 2003:
- Age 24 ½ : First invitation
- Age 25 – 49 : Invitations 3 yearly
- Age 50 – 64 : Invitations 5 yearly
- 65+ : Only those not screened since age 50 or who have had recent abnormal tests
It is estimated that in England cervical screening now saves approximately 4,500 lives per year and prevents up to 3,900 cases of cervical cancer per year in the UK.
In 2012, HPV testing was rolled out in Camden as part of the developing cervical screening programme. Click here to read further.