Changes to cervical screening announced in Wales

Two changes to screening for cervical cancer in Wales have been announced by Health Minister Lesley Griffiths.

  • The age that women receive their first invitation for cervical screening will change from 20 to 25
  • Women over 50 who are routinely called for screening could be invited every five years, rather than every three

The changes will be brought in this year following recommendations from the UK National Screening Committee and the Wales Screening Committee.

Cervical screening already begins at the age of 25 in England and Northern Ireland.