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Cervical screening saves lives says new campaign

With cervical screening take-up at a 20 year low, a Public Health England campaign, backed by Hampshire County Council, launches on 5 March, encouraging all women to take up their cervical screening invitation.

The campaign aims to reassure women that the screening is nothing to worry about, with trained nurses to put women at their ease for the five minute test.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at the Local Authority, said, “If you have missed previous invites or have recently received a letter from your GP, it’s really important to book an appointment. You only have to go once every three to five years depending on your age and it’s five minutes that could save your life. We are keen to make women in Hampshire aware of how simple it can be to get the test done.”

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Women can protect themselves against the risk of developing cervical cancer by attending their screening when invited. It is estimated that cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives each year and yet one in four women in the UK is not attending their test.

Women between the ages of 25 and 64, are invited to attend cervical screening at their GP surgery. The screening is not a test for cancer but can help identify potentially harmful cells which can usually be treated to stop them from developing.

The ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign empowers women with the knowledge to make the test a routine part of looking after themselves. It is carried out by a GP practice nurse who is trained to make it as comfortable and embarrassment-free as possible.

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

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