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At what age should screening for cervical cancer start?

What is the most appropriate age to start screening women for cervical cancer?

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Krueger H, Kwon J, Sadownik LA, Ogilivie G, Martin RE. British Columbia Medical Journal. Vol. 55, No. 6, July, August 2013. 282:286

H Krueger & Associates Inc. addressed this question as part of a comprehensive review of cervical cancer screening for the Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Committee of the BC Cancer Agency.

cervical cancerConsiderable controversy exists in the benefits and harms associated with recommendations to start screening, with the age to start varying between 21 and 30 years of age in international guidelines.