Doncaster women urged to take smear tests

Public Health England has started its first ever campaign to target people who are eligible to get checked.

74.2% of 25 to 64 year olds in the borough attended appointments last year, slightly higher than the national average of 71.7%.

It's hoped the new campaign for cervical screening will reverse a 20 year low in women getting checked.

Dr David Crichton, GP and Chair, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am pleased to see this important national campaign raising awareness of cervical cancer.

“Whilst the number of women attending their cervical smear appointments in Doncaster is above the national average, we need to do more to encourage as many women as possible to attend.

“Women who don’t attend their appointments are the most vulnerable in developing more serious complications. Usually there are no symptoms with cervical cancer, so it is only by having a smear test that any abnormal cells within the cervix can be found before they develop into cancer. This short, five minute appointment could save lives.”

Julia Jessop, Cancer Alliance Programme Director, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance said: “Over 80% of cervical cancer cases are preventable, we need to raise awareness of that fact and also raise awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screening.

“This PHE campaign is a great start and I would urge every woman to attend their cervical cancer screening test.”

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