Cervical screening guidelines 'beneficial'

Periodic reviews of cervical screening guidelines remain important, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

It claims that worries regarding the over-treatment of young women need to be balanced against the rare risk of cervical cancer in women under the age of 25.

RCOG says any strategies to help younger age group patients should be fully assessed, with the most efficient and effective measures implemented.

The college states: "Regular cervical cytology screening remains an important preventive measure. The NHS Cancer Screening programme has led to a significant reduction in the rate of cervical cancer.

"RCOG encourages all women to attend cervical screening when invited, and to ensure that arrangements for regular periodic appointments are made."

Earlier this month, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, claimed women with certain gene variations may be protected against cervical cancer.

As reported in Clinical Cancer Research, Dr Mark Einstein suggested some women's immune systems are more able to mount a response to the development of the HPV infection than others.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19091858-ADNFCR