The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer could be slashed thanks to smear test revolution

25,000 in England are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. 

The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year could be cut by a fifth thanks to a new screening regime being rolled out across the NHS, research suggests.

At present, 2,500 women in England are diagnosed cervical cancer each year but experts say a more accurate test would slash this figure by 400 to 500 cases.

A further 300 are diagnosed in Scotland, 160 in Wales and 80 in Northern Ireland.

The new way of testing was found to be much more accurate than current smear tests in picking up abnormal changes to cells that could lead to cervical cancer.

It means that women who are known to be low risk could safely have cervical screening every five years rather than the current three, the study found.

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