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Cervical cancer 'not just a young woman's disease'


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Cervical cancer 'not just a young woman's disease'

 

Date: 15/06/2015

There is a perception that cervical cancer is a young woman's disease, but half of deaths occur in women over 65, a British Medical Journal report says.

It argues that the age limit for cervical screening should be raised to 70 and older women should be targeted in health campaigns.

There was an average of 449 deaths from the cancer in over-65s and seven in under 25s between 2010 and 2012.

The report says the number of older women affected is set to increase.

By the age of 60-64, just 72% of women in England in 2013 had been screened in the previous five years.

This compares with 82% of 50 to 54-year-olds and 76% of 55 to 59-year-olds.

While cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, it continues to affect women of all ages.

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Source: BBC

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