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Information about vaccination against the virus that causes cervical cancer could encourage rather than discourage women to attend for cervical screening, a new survey has found.1

A number of commentators have said that vaccinating women against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, could make them complacent about attending for cervical screening (smear test), although to date there has been no evidence to support this.

However, the new research amongst nearly 400 British women has found that the opposite is true – knowledge about the disease and the vaccine makes women more likely to attend cervical screening.1

The findings follow the recent publication of the annual statistics for the cervical screening programme in England 2007-08 which showed a continuing decline in attendance by women aged 25-29, with a 13.5% drop since 1995.2

The new survey looked at views on cervical screening attendance...

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