CervicalCheck Update for Health Professionals July 2018
response to queries from health professionals the following
information may be helpful for use in practice
Cervical screening does not look for cancer it is looking for abnormal squamous cells that if left untreated may turn cancerous. Cervical screening, as stated in all the literature provided for women is not 100%, and women should be advised of this.
A screening programme like CervicalCheck could reduce the number of cases of cervical cancer by as much as 80% over time
The programme commenced in 2008 and does not have any information about screening tests or cervical cancers prior to this time.
80% of cervical cancers are squamous in origin with usually a pre-invasive phase which makes regular screening useful for this type of cancer.
Cervical screening is inefficient at preventing adenocarcinoma