Received: 23 January 2020
Accepted: 6 October 2020
First Online: 23 October 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The presented study is a register study approved by the Regional Ethical Board of the Lund University, Lund, Sweden (Reference number DNR 390:2013).In addition to the ethical approval from the local regional ethical committee, we obtained a further consent from the regional county council (ethical department) approving the use of women’s medical data from the cervical cancer screening registry for research purposes (KVB approval 070–2014). The registry is updated and administered by the regional cancer centrum of the Skåne region (RCC Syd; ExternalRef removed).The aforementioned resolution allows explicitly the investigation and publication of all screening data contained in the registry including even histopathological data and HPV results. Therefore a further, individual consent was not required.Furthermore, all women who participate in the cervical screening program have an opt-out chance to delete their personal data from the registry at any time.
: All women participating in the cervical cancer screening program are informed that their clinical data are collected in a registry and that they can be used for research purposes.As named in the section <i>ethical approval</i> there exits an official consent from the regional county council allowing the investigation and publication of all screening data contained in the registry (KVB approval 070–2014).
: None of the authors have declared any competing interests.