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LBC's role in lower Scottish cervical screening rates

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The introduction of liquid-based cytology (LBC) in Scotland's cervical screening programme has delivered notable improvements in testing quality and rapidity, according to statistics for the first full year of LBC provision, released yesterday. The resulting reduction in repeat tests explains the significant fall in the number of smears processed, according to the Scottish Executive, but a closer look at the statistics also reveals a marginal fall in uptake rates.

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