The Information Services Division Scotland has published the annual statistics for the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019. During this period, cervical screening was routinely offered every three years to women aged 25-49 years and every five years to those aged 50-64 years.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- A total of 407,854 cervical screening tests were processed in 2018-2019, of which 97.4 per cent were of satisfactory quality (enough cells in the sample).
- A total of 1,030,703 eligible women had undergone screening during the end of 31st March 2019, representing an uptake rate of 73.1 per cent.
- Younger women had the lowest uptake and those aged 50-54 years had the highest uptake.
- Women from most deprived areas had a lower likelihood of screening (67%) than those from least deprived areas (78%).
- HPV-vaccinated women had a higher screening uptake than non-vaccinated women, possibly owing to better awareness of risks and education during the immunisation programme.
- 91.9 per cent of tests were negative, 7.1 per cent had low-grade cell changes requiring enhanced monitoring and 0.9 per cent showed a high risk of developing cervical cancer.