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White women more likely to have cervical screenings

19th June 2009

New research has claimed wealth and ethnicity are linked to whether women have regular breast and cervical screenings during their lifetimes.

The study, published on BMJ online, claims for example that white British women are more likely to have had a cervical screening and women who own a car and/or a home are more likely to have had a mammogram.

The authors of the research claim, therefore, that information on patient’s ethnicity and some indicators of their socio-economic status should regularly be collected to allow clinicians to document inequalities in health screening.

Results from the research showed the majority of women eligible for the screenings had had both but they also revealed women are more likely to have had a mammogram if they live in households with cars and own their home as opposed to renting.

White British women were also found to be far more likely to have had a cervical screening than women from other ethnic backgrounds. Cervical screening uptake was also greater among more educated women.

Commenting on the results, Professor Julietta Patnick, director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, said: “The challenge for the screening programmes is to make sure our services reach all parts of the population so we can reduce health inequalities.”

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