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12:02am 11th June 2012

Women urged to attend their cervical screening appointment

During Cervical Screening Awareness Week (10 – 16 June 2012), NHS North Yorkshire and York is urging women to make sure they attend for their cervical screening (smear test) appointment.

Cervical screening is vital in detecting the early signs of cervical cancer and it is estimated that they can prevent up to 75% of cases of the disease developing.

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 automatically receive an invitation for a test in the post, ever three years at ages 25 to 49 and every 5 years at ages 50 to 64. However, anyone who thinks they may be due for screening should contact their GP to double check when they last had one.   

Dr Phil Kirby, Interim Director of Public Health for NHS North Yorkshire and York, said:

“Following the tragic death of Jade Goody in 2009, we saw a rise in the number of women attending for their cervical screening appointment".

"However, figures have dropped again with the most recent data showing an uptake of only 77% in the 25 to 49 year age group".

"We want to remind women how crucial attending for regular screening is in detecting abnormal cells, which if left undetected may lead to cervical cancer".

“The test itself should take no longer than 5 minutes and it can literally save lives.”

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is taking place from 10 – 16 June and is led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The charity aims to highlight the importance cervical screening plays in the prevention of cervical cancer. It also provides advice and support to women affected by the disease, and their families.

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