Plymouth City Council is encouraging more women to attend for cervical screening as regular screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer. In Plymouth, the number of women aged 25 – 29 and 50 – 64 years old attending screening is decreasing.
Cervical screening prevents 75 per cent of cervical cancers from developing, but national figures suggest that one in four women do not attend for their appointment at their GP surgery.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (running from 11-17 June), led by the national charity Jo’s Trust, aims to dispel some of the myths around cervical screening and to encourage more women to attend.
Challenges women can face include:
- Feeling anxious
- Struggling to book an appointment
- Being unsure about the importance of screening
Following the campaign by Jo’s Trust, Plymouth City Council is also working with Public Health England and the NHS to encourage all women over 25 to book and attend for their cervical screening appointment.
Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “It is really important to attend for your cervical screening appointments as regular screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer. The finding that one in four women do not attend is a real cause for concern. It is also important to remember that an abnormal screening result rarely means cancer. Between 90 and 94 per cent of all screening results come back normal, with no abnormalities found.”
You can find out more throughout the week on the Jo’s Trust website https://www.jostrust.org.uk/ and look for the #SmearTestsSaveLives.
You can also watch this video about cervical screening:
The NHS also has a wealth of information on their website about cervical screening and you can find out more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/