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Women urged to take up smear test invitation

January 19 2017

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 - killing three women in the UK every single day. Three-quarters of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening, (smear tests) yet one in four women does not attend this potentially life-saving test. 

We are urging women to heed Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 22-28) and put a dent in those shocking statistics by getting yourself tested.

Dr Marjorie Gillespie, Care UK’s Director of Primary Care, said: “Women aged 25 to 64, who are registered with a GP, are automatically sent a letter inviting them for cervical screening and it is so important women take up this invitation.

“The letters are sent out to women aged 25 to 49 every three years and women aged 50 to 64 every five years. Women over 65 will receive an invite if they haven't been screened since age 50 or have recently had abnormal tests. 

“If you haven't had a cervical screening test within the appropriate time, you may be offered one when you next visit your GP or family planning clinic. You can also contact your GP practice to book a screening appointment if you're overdue one.

“If you're not sure when your next screening test should be, or if you have any questions about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, ask your GP or practice nurse,” said Dr Gillespie.