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Cervical Screening

THE IMPORTANCE OF CERVICAL SCREENING

 

Early diagnosis of Cervical Cancer is crucial – cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in the UK.

 

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 screened.

 

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 abnormal tests. 

 

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, go to:

 

·         http://www.jostrust.org.uk/

·         http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/cervical-cancer/about/cervical-cancer-screening

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