Women over 50 urged to have regular smears
Women over 50 are being urged to have regular smear tests after research showed those who skip screening are six times more likely to end up with cervical cancer.
A British study found women who fail to have smear tests over 50 have a much higher chance of developing the disease compared to other women the same age who have a history of normal screening results.
Scientists at Cancer Research UK also found that women with a screening history and normal screening results between the ages of 50 and 64 have a lower risk of cervical cancer at least into their 80s.
The researchers said the level of protection offered by a good screening history of normal results does fall over time, but can last well into the 80s.