The Department of Health says Cervical Cancer screening for under 25s does 'more harm than good'. They've responded to campaign for the NHS to provide routine smear tests for young women from the age of 20 instead of 25.
It follows the case of Natalie Carney from Mansfield, who was just 22 when she was given the devastating news that she had cervical cancer.
The decision to begin cervical screening at age 25 is based on recommendations made by the independent expert Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening and is also recommended by the World Health Organisation. Research by the Committee found that screening in women aged under 25 does more harm than good.