16 June 2015

Attending your smear test could save your life – that’s the message to Northamptonshire women during Cervical Screening Awareness Week (15 to 21 June).

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. The week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening (smear test) and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer.

Nationally and in Northamptonshire, approximately 1 in 5 women do not attend their cervical screen despite regular screening reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer.

Around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK. Regular screening is offered free on the NHS and identifies women at increased risk of developing cervical cancer. They can then be offered further tests and treatment if necessary.

Cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Councillor Robin Brown said: “It’s important for everyone to take up any opportunities offered by the NHS to look after their health and prevent more serious issues developing.”

It is has been estimated that early detection and treatment through cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing in the UK. Not going for cervical screening is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cancer.

For more information about Cervical Screening Awareness Week and Jo’s Trust visit http://www.jostrust.org.uk/