Experts say that Cervical Cancer could be eliminated in England

The Guardian has reported today that experts say that cervical cancer could be eliminated in England. Vaccination and HPV screening could potentially end the disease, NHS England says. 



Professor Gordon Wishart, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer at Check4Cancer comments that; ''this Guardian article is correct to highlight that cervical cancer is in theory a preventable disease by vaccination and regular screening. However, the reality is that at present 1 in 4 women choose not to attend for their free annual NHS cervical smear test, and this rises to 1 in 3 women for the 25-29 age group. Eradication of cervical cancer in the UK can only be achieved by reducing the rate of non-attenders to close to zero, as well as the introduction of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys, and we must ensure that these positive messages do not lead to further complacency in tackling this disease''. 

Professor Gordon Wishart further states; ''the NHS has announced that it will move to primary HPV screening in future but in the meantime, home test kits for HPV testing are as effective as having a HPV swab by a doctor or nurse and, in the meantime, can offer an alternative screening method for those women who choose not to have their NHS screening''. 

You can read The Guardian article in full here.