NHS Digital has published the latest statistics on the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England for 2018-2019. Under the programme, women aged 25-64 years are invited for routine cervical screening to detect any abnormalities within the cervix which could potentially develop into cervical cancer if left unchecked.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- In 2018-2019, the age-appropriate coverage of screening among all eligible women aged 25-64 years was 71.9 per cent. This represents a 0.5 per cent increase over the previous year's coverage of 71.4 per cent.
- The total number of women aged 25-64 years invited for screening in 2018-2019 was 4.41 million. This represents a reduction of 1.0 per cent from the previous year's figure of 4.46 million.
- Among those invited for screening, 3.43 million women aged 25-64 years were tested. This represents a 7.7 per cent increase since the previous year when 3.18 million women were tested.
- In 2018-2019, 3.57 million samples were examined for cervical cytology and 182,304 women received referrals to colposcopy.