Smear Tests Save Lives

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“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35. Sadly Over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 890 women lose their lives every year. Cervical cancer is not thought to be hereditary. In 99.7% of cases, cervical cancers are caused by persistent infections with a virus called high-risk Human papilloma virus. The good news is Cervical screening can prevent up to 75 per cent of cervical cancers from developing . Of course, the faster something is detected, the better the outlook can be.

we are indeed fortunate in the UK to have a free cervical screening program and Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years and women aged 50-64 are invited every five years. Around 5 million UK women are invited to cervical screening each year yet one in four do not attend.

Therefore, I would urge all to please help spread the word about this important campaign and encourage as many women as possible to attend their next cervical screening.” Dr Uma Balasubramaniam, GP & Clinical Advisor/Lead for Gynaecology - South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

For more information about cervical cancer and the Cervical Screening Awareness Week, go to



Updated 11/06/2018