There is a common perception that cervical cancer is more prone to young woman but according to a report by the British Medical Journal more than half deaths take place in women over 65 years. It has been suggested that for a health campaign, the age limit for cervical screening should be raised to 70 yrs. In the time period between 2010 and 2012, about 449 deaths had taken place due to cancer in about 65 yrs compared to seven deaths of women below 25 yrs of age.
It has been found that the number of older women affected by this is increasing. In 2013, 72% of women that were screened were in the age group of 60 -64 yrs. About 82% women were screened between 50 – 54 yrs and about 76% were affected in the age group of 55 – 59 yrs. Cervical cancer is most affected under 35 yrs old. But still it has been affecting women of all the age groups.
The senior lecturer of psychology, Dr Sue Sherman, said that the older women are not getting themselves screened so as to prevent cervical cancer. There has been significant rise in number to contract diseases. About 20 % diagnoses had taken in women over 65 yrs. The common perception that just like breast and bowel cancer, cervical cancer affects women in old age. All the women who had not been screened increase their risk of cervical cancer considerably. Regular screenings can make you more potential to get affected by this disease.