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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cervical cancer screenings there were in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years. (193626)

The information requested is not available in the format requested. However, data for the cervical screening programme: coverage of the target age group (25-64) for Staffordshire based primary care trusts (PCTs), at 31 March 2003 to 2007 are set out in the following tables.

North Staffordshire PCT1

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Eligible population2

50,750

50,490

50,391

50,211

50,290

Women screened (less than 3.5 yrs since last adequate test)

40,618

39,863

39,304

38,721

38,289

Women screened (less than 5 yrs since last adequate test)

43,235

42,685

42,359

41,754

41,414

Coverage (less than 3.5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

80.0

79.0

78.0

77.1

76.1

Coverage (less than 5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

85.2

84.5

84.1

83.2

82.4

South Staffordshire PCT1

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Eligible population2

146,059

146,389

146,946

147,939

148,521

Women screened (less than 3.5 yrs since last adequate test)

115,112

114,587

114,159

114,549

113,813

since last adequate test)

123,557

123,036

122,701

122,608

122,416

Coverage (less than 3.5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

78.8

78.3

77.7

77.4

76.6

Coverage (less than 5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

84.6

84.0

83.5

82.9

82.4

1 Data prior to March 2007 have been mapped to the current PCT structure

2 This is the number of women in the resident population less those with recall ceased for clinical reasons.

Note:

National policy for the cervical screening programme is that eligible women aged 25 to 64 should be screened every three or five years (women aged 25 to 49 are screened every three years, those aged 50 to 64 every five years).

Source:

KC53 Parts A2 and A3, the Information Centre for health and social care.