Women urged to keep cervical cancer screening test

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Local health leaders are reminding women across Cambridgeshire that cervical cancer screening could save their lives.

The Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee recently looked at this issue and were concerned that the percentage of women attending cervical cancer screening in Cambridgeshire is falling.

Cervical screening is recommended every three years for women aged between 25 and 49, and every five years for women between 50 and 64.

In 2014, around one-in- four women in Cambridgeshire had not been screened within the correct time period, and in Cambridge City, this rose to more than one- in-three women.

Cllr Kilian Bourke, chairman of the council’s health committee said: “I strongly urge women to contact their GP to see if they are overdue for an appointment.

“I hope that NHS England will lead on the production of a local action plan to address this concern. We will support this work in any way possible.’

Dr Liz Robin, Director for Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council, added: “Cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme, but can be deadly if it isn’t caught and treated early.

“On average, six women die of cervical cancer in Cambridgeshire each year and two women are diagnosed each month.”

Women who are overdue for a cervical screening appointment can contact their GP practice.