health bosses in East Lancashire are reminding women in the region about the importance of cervical screening (smear test).
A campaign has been launched during Cervical Screening Awareness Week (10th – 16th June) spearheaded by national charity Jo’s Trust. It is aimed at all women who are eligible for screening, but particularly younger women aged 25 to 29, who are the least likely to respond to screening invitations.
Dr Mike Ions, GP and Chair of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s vitally important that women keep their appointment for their smear test. This simple procedure saves 5,000 lives per year in the UK, yet more than 20% of women invited for screening do not attend.
“The test can detect any abnormalities or changes in the cervix which, if left untreated, could lead to cervical cancer. Having your cervical screening sample taken should only take a matter of minutes. You can bring a relative or friend with you and you can request a female nurse or GP to take the sample.”
“If you have any symptoms which worry you, such as abnormal bleeding, pain or a discharge you should see your GP as soon as possible, rather than wait for your next screening appointment.