THE IMPORTANCE OF CERVICAL SCREENING
Early diagnosis of Cervical Cancer is
crucial – cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in
In the UK everyday around 9 women are
diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 lose their lives. 1 in 4 women
fails to attend cervical screening every year.
As this is Cervical Screening Week, Public
Health is appealing all eligible women to get them screened to
detect cervical cancer at an early stage.
The benefit of screening increases with age.
Women who had smear test have a 60-80% lower risk of being
diagnosed with cervical cancer compared to women who haven't been
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for
Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “In Bedford
Borough, 73.5% of women aged 25 to 64 were screened in the last 5
years which is below the national target of 80%, and younger women
of age 25-49 years who are at greater risk, only 71% of them were
screened in 2014-15.”
There are two major ways in which the risk of
developing cervical cancer can be reduced, one of them is
vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV)
and the other one is cervical screening.
Regular cervical screening is the best way to
identify abnormal changes. Around 1 in 20 women (5%) have an
abnormal result after a cervical screening. If not treated, these
changes could develop into cancer in the future.
Women aged 25-49 are offered screening every 3
years and women aged 50-64 are offered screening every 5
years. For those over 65, screening is only offered if you
haven’t been screened since the age of 50 or have had recent
Ring your GP surgery confirming
when the screening appointment is due or contact your GP if you
think you may be overdue.
For more information and support,