Cervical cancer cases are soaring among women in their late 20s, even though the virus behind it has almost been eliminated in younger generations, new figures show.
OK. Not that it is OK, but that that’s what is happening, OK.
But a separate report from Cancer Research UK warns that cases of cervical cancer are soaring among those in their late 20s, who grew up before national vaccination was introduced.
More than 3,000 women are being diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, including around 400 cases among those aged 25 to 29.
Among this group, rates rose from 12 cases per 100,000 women in 2004 – 6 to 18.5 cases per 100,000 in 2015/17 – a 54 per cent increase.
Experts said the figures reflected low screening rates among such women, with just 61.9 per cent taking up invitations for smears, compared with 78.4 per cent of those those in their early 50s.
But that’s idiocy. Screening finds cancer. A low screening rate cannot be responsible for finding more cases of cancer.