East Yorkshire women urged to book cervical smear tests

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by KCFM

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East Yorkshire health experts are urging women of all ages to book and attend a cervical smear screening appointment.

The call comes after research by the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that the number of women having smear tests is falling each year.

In the East Riding last year, only 78 per cent of eligible women aged between 25-49 had a smear test, compared to 81 per cent of women aged 50-64.

Some 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK every year and subsequently Dr Tim Allison, East Riding of Yorkshire’s director of public health, insists it is important for women to be tested.

He said: “The cervical smear screening test isn’t designed to detect cancer, it’s designed to detect cells that may develop into cancer. So it’s a good opportunity every three or five years to check and make sure that cancer isn’t developing.

“I think maybe women don’t see it as a priority, everyone’s busy these days. Maybe there’s a sense of thinking cervical cancer is very rare and it’s not going to happen to them. Or it may simply be just putting it off for another day.”

Dr Phil Kirby, screening and immunisation lead for NHS England in Yorkshire and the Humber, added: “We understand that going for a cervical smear test can be daunting, but a cervical screening test takes five minutes, is painless, and if you attend each time you’re invited, it provides a huge degree of protection against developing cervical cancer.

“It’s actually estimated that early detection and treatment through cervical screening can prevent up to 75 per cent of cervical cancers from developing in the UK.”

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Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by KCFM

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