Let’s nip cervical cancer in the bud

Women across Greater Glasgow and Clyde are being urged to ‘nip cervical cancer in the bud’ by going for their smear tests.

NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government have launched a drive to get women talking about cervical screening and raise awareness of its benefits.

The campaign is targeting those aged 25-35 in Scotland, as cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women of this age group.

Between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, one in three women aged 25-35 didn’t go for their smear when invited.

With six women being diagnosed with cervical cancer every week in Scotland, the campaign urges viewers to ‘nip cervical cancer in the bud’, by not ignoring their next smear invite or contacting their GP practice if they missed their last smear.

Christine Paterson, practice nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “No one looks forward to a smear appointment, but I want to reassure women that we’re trained to make the test go as smoothly as possible.

“I’ve done hundreds, if not thousands, of smear tests and afterwards, most women – especially those that it’s their first time - are surprised by how quickly it’s all over.

“Of course, it can be nerve-wracking, but there’s no such thing as a silly question, that’s what we’re here for.

“So, don’t ignore your next smear invite, and if you missed your last smear test, contact your GP practice to find a time that suits you.”

A smear test can detect cells that could turn into cancer. The five minute test is the best way to protect women from the disease and helps save around 5,000 lives a year in the UK.

All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are offered a smear test every three years while those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

To help women understand more about the importance of smear tests and the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer, national charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust will be out and about in Glasgow in late March.

They are visiting 11 cities over 14 weeks, starting in Glasgow, providing information and support on all aspects of cervical cancer.

So if you have any questions that need answered, pop along and speak to one of the ’Be Cervix Savvy Team’ on the following dates.

24th March, Friday - Buchanan Street
27th March, Monday - Shandwick Square
28th March, Tuesday - Shandwick Square
30th March, Thursday - Forge Market
31st March, Friday - Forge Market

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