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Understanding HPV and cervical screening

Butler, Sarah; Wilkinson, Yvonne


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Miss Sarah Butler
Programme Director – PG Cert Clinical Practice, School Lead of Studies for PAPP


Cervical cancer is preventable and curable. Sarah Butler and Yvonne Wilkinson explain how the cervical screening programme has changed from a cytology based test to HPV primary screening

Screening for human papillomavirus is now the primary test for cervical screening in England, Wales and Scotland. Cervical screening for those individuals with a cervix routinely occurs every 3 years for those aged 25–49 (24½ in England) and every 5 years for those aged 50–64. Over 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus. Cervical cancer is preventable and curable; primary HPV screening can detect early changes in cervical cells allowing for effective monitoring and treatment.


Butler, S., & Wilkinson, Y. (2022). Understanding HPV and cervical screening. Practice Nursing, 33(1), 14-17.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 30, 2021
Publication Date Jan 2, 2022
Deposit Date Jan 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Practice Nursing
Print ISSN 0964-9271
Electronic ISSN 2052-2940
Publisher MA Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 1
Pages 14-17
Keywords Cervical cancer; Human papillomavirus infections; Public health; Vaccination
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