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Health: Cervical Cancer

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in each of the past five years in women aged under 26 years in (a) the United Kingdom; (b) England; (c) Scotland; (d) Wales; and (e) Northern Ireland; and how many of these cases (i) were diagnosed through a cervical screening test; (ii) did not have a cervical screening test; and (iii) had a cervical screening test but were not diagnosed through this route. [HL513]

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but for abnormalities which, if left undetected and untreated, may develop into cancer

The following table gives the number of cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in women aged under 26 for the last available five years in the United Kingdom and England. Separate figures for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not available.

Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of cervical cancer, females aged 0 to 25, United Kingdom and England, 2000-04

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

United Kingdom

85

73

80

95

77

England

66

62

62

82

60

Source: Office for National Statistics, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, the Scottish Cancer Registry and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry

It is currently not possible to tell how many of these women were diagnosed through a cervical screening test, did not have a cervical screening test or had a cervical screening test but were not diagnosed through this route.