Last updated at 9:12 AM on 10th November 2010
Cervical cancer should soon be a rare disease thanks to a mass vaccination programme for young girls, according to experts.
They say the illness, which is currently the second most common form of cancer among young women, could be virtually eliminated over the next few decades.
Since September 2008, all girls aged 12 and 13 have been offered the cervical jab on the NHS.
Experts say the good uptake of the jab means girls would only need to have a new type of smear test twice in their lifetime to check the vaccine is still working.
In the new test a sample of cells taken from the cervix is checked for the human papilloma virus, which causes 70 per cent of cervical tumours.
It would mark the end of the current unpleasant smear tests that women are advised to take every three years.
Professor Sasieni, a Cancer Research UK scientist of the University of London, urged the government to consider making the HPV test the main method of cervical screening even for women who have not had the jab.