Women told not to let embarrassment get in the way of cervical cancer screenings
DOCTORS in Southport are telling women in the town not to let embarrassment prevent potential cancer screenings.
Every day nine women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three women will lose their lives to the disease.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 but is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme.
But, statistics show that the number of women aged 25-29 years of age being screened for cervical cancer is the lowest in any age group and numbers attending for screening are falling year on year.
Surveys undertaken by cancer charities indicate embarrassment and a lack of understanding of the causes of cervical cancer may be behind the fall in numbers attending.
The number of women dying from cervical cancer has halved over the past 28 years as a result of the NHS screening programme as well as improvement in treatment.
Despite this success over 5,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. The majority of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have delayed coming forward for screening which has impacted on their ability to have early changes treated.
Head of Public Health for NHS England Merseyside) Julie Kelly said: “There has been a fall in attendance of women across all age groups over the past few years but this decline is most marked amongst younger women.
“Making time to take up your screening appointment is the single most important active step you can take to avoid developing cancer. ”
Contact your local doctor’s surgery for more information.