Although women who identify as male are not being offered routine breast screenings and cervical cancer checks, in case it offends them, it was recently announced that men who identify as women will be invited to have a pap smear. Even though they don’t have a cervix.
And women’s campaigner, Laura Perrins isn’t so sure it’s the right move, “We’ve now got to the point where state collusion with this transgender agenda is endangering the health of women. It’s a ludicrous use of NHS resources to invite men for a cervical smear test, while it’s immoral and dangerous not to invite women.”1
The advice came from a 24-page booklet published by Public Health England called ‘Information for trans people’.
“Transpeople who register with their GP as their birth sex will be invited to screenings appropriate to that, but if they register as they gender they identify as they will not be.
If a transman, born female, registers as male he won’t be invited for routine breast screenings at 50, or cervical screening. However, if a transwoman registers as female they will be routinely invited for cervical screening.”2
At the same time, Cancer Research UK dropped the word “women” from its pap smear campaign this year in an effort to encourage transgender men to get screened.3
Cervical screening (or the smear test) is relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix. Watch our animation to find out what to expect when you go for screening #CervicalScreeningAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/1RwvwVOCfx
— Cancer Research UK (@CR_UK) June 13, 2018
This all comes after the British Medical Association advised its members to stop calling pregnant women “expectant mothers” but rather “pregnant people”.