Healthy women in middle age 'only need a cervical test once every decade'
Healthy middle-aged women could soon be spared the ordeal of having to go so often for smear tests.
A major study published yesterday in the British Medical Journal suggests that women over the age of 40 could safely have cervical cancer testing just once a decade.
At the moment women in Britain aged between 25 and 49 are invited for screening every three years, and when they are aged 50 to 64, every five years.
But the new study, conducted on more than 43,000 Dutch women, concluded that if they had already passed the test several times, and were found to be free of a crucial virus linked... read more
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