IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 34 / Issue 1 / pii/1630905351880-2023575987

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research
Invasive cancer of the cervix: does the UK National Health Service screening programme fail due to patients’ non-attendance?
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12 Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Healthcare, New Croft Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2013, 34(1), 28–30;
Published: 10 February 2013

The UK National Health Service (NHS) cervical screening programme aims to prevent invasive cancer of the cervix, yet this programme fails in some women.Women diagnosed with cancer of the cervix at a colposcopy unit in the North East of England between April 1, 1997 and December 31, 2004 had cervical cytology histories classified. Thirty-seven cases were identified (median age 37 years; range 22-72 years). At six months before diagnosis, 24.3% had never undergone cytology screening (38.4% Stage IB+, 12.5% Stage IA). In addition, 59.5% of all cases were under-screened (when using criteria that included screening was 'up to date' if less than five years had elapsed between last negative test result and their diagnosis). Women in this case series failed to attend regular cervical screening, with those never attending screening more likely to present with advanced cancer.
Invasive cancer of cervix
NHS cervical screening programme
Cervical cytology
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