Older women 'still at risk of cervical cancer'

Recent reports point to an increase in women having new partners' later in life and this will increase their risk of contracting HPV.

However, even if this is not the case, typically cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer which usually takes 10 to 15 years to develop, so women who have not been sexually active for some time may still be at risk.

– Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust director Robert Music.

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Cervical cancer test fears

The number of women taking a smear test to detect early signs of cervical cancer has declined, a charity has warned.