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Increase in cervical screening uptake

More young women are getting checked for cervical cancer, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

Since 2009, when Jade Goody died from the disease, there has been a 19% annual rise in the number of women diagnosed with serious cell changes, figures show.

The ONS said between 2008 and 2009 more women aged between 15 to 19 and 25 to 29 were diagnosed with the changes, which can develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.

Currently women under the age of 25 are not routinely screened as part of the NHS programme in England.

It is thought screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in England.

Meanwhile, the figures also showed an increase in the number of new cases of cancer in both men and women in 2009.

The number of new cases of cancers in men in England in the year rose by 5.1% (6,533) in comparison to 2008, while the number of cases in women rose 2.6% (3,337) to 130,043.

Prostate, lung and bowel cancer were the most common cancers found in men, while breast, lung and bowel cancer was the most common in women, the ONS figures showed.

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