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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 134271, tabled on 6 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that trans men receive automatic invitations for cervical cancer screening tests.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

14 January 2021

In England general practices are responsible for inviting eligible trans men to participate in National Health Service cervical screening at the appropriate intervals and for notifying them of their results in line with NHS Cervical Screening Programme guidance. Invitations are sent out using the current call and recall information technology system.

Health England has developed guidance for trans and non-binary individuals explaining who will be invited to participate in cervical screening as well as breast screening, bowel cancer screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. It includes important information about the four screening programmes and how to access additional support and advice and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-population-screening-information-for-transgender-people

It is important therefore that individuals ensure that their general practitioner records are up to date, in order to ensure they are offered appropriate screening.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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