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One politician says a protest petition is the fastest growing he has ever seen.

1/10/2022 11:06:00 PM

Move to extend routine cervical screenings in Wales from every three years to five years criticised

One politician says a protest petition is the fastest growing he has ever seen.

All women in Wales are invited for smear tests from the age of 25An urgent debate has been called in the Senedd over a move to extend routine cervical screenings in Wales from every three years to five years.Public Health Wales (PHW) said those aged 25-49 who had not tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV) would now wait two more years between tests.

PHW said it was because the screening tests are now more accurate.However, 30,000 people signed a petition against it, citing the risk it could cause an increase in deaths.Particularly concerned are those who have not received the HPV vaccine, a national immunisation programme for which began in 2008 for girls aged 12 to 13.

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Image caption, All women in Wales are invited for smear tests from the age of 25 An urgent debate has been called in the Senedd over a move to extend routine cervical screenings in Wales from every three years to five years. Public Health Wales (PHW) said those aged 25-49 who had not tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV) would now wait two more years between tests. PHW said it was because the screening tests are now more accurate. However, 30,000 people signed a petition against it, citing the risk it could cause an increase in deaths. Particularly concerned are those who have not received the HPV vaccine, a national immunisation programme for which began in 2008 for girls aged 12 to 13. The number of signatures on the official petition on the Welsh Parliament's website was more than enough to trigger the issue to be looked at.