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Campaign urges women to undertake cervical screening
12:27pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of the benefits of cervical screening among women aged 25-34 has been launched across the county.
Figures show a decline in cervical screening uptake among women in this demographic, with numbers falling from almost 80 per cent in 2009 to 69.9 per cent in 2012 in North Yorkshire.
Cervical screening, commonly known as the smear test, can detect abnormal cells that develop before cancer.
Dr Phil Kirby, cervical screening co-ordinator for NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: “It is vitally important that women attend an appointment when they receive one.
“Women can sometimes be put off attending a test because they may feel uncomfortable, or they may be worried about the outcome of the test. However, it really is the best way to prevent cancer before it develops.”
He added: “We’re asking the close relatives of the women we’re targeting – primarily mothers, but also aunts, sisters and cousins – to encourage them to take the test. Their support can positively influence their loved ones and ensure the best possible wellbeing for them.”