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NHS Cervical Screening Programme approves new HPV tests and issues guidance for laboratories

Cervical screening saves an estimated 5,000 lives a year by detecting abnormalities of the cervix early and referring women for effective treatment.

The NHS offers cervical screening to all eligible women aged 25 to 49 every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 every 5 years.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus transmitted through sexual contact. Some high risk sub-types of  HPV (HR-HPV) are linked to the development of abnormal cells and can cause cervical cancer.