Let’s nip cervical cancer in the bud

The NHS is currently highlighting the benefits of going for a smear test as part of a campaign to urge young women not to ignore their next invitation.

Practice nurses are lending their voices in an effort to help reassure women who are put off going for the test, as figures show almost a third of women (29 per cent) aged 25-34 in the NHS Forth Valley area did not go for their test when invited in 2017/18.

There are currently 749 active female students aged between 25-34 at Forth Valley College, meaning that approximately 217 opt not to attend their cervical screening test.

The Scottish Government alongside the NHS Scotland ‘Flower’ campaign are encouraging women to nip cervical cancer ‘in the bud’ by getting the test done, as it can stop cervical cancer before it starts.

According to NHS Forth Valley, six women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every week in Scotland. The campaign aims to get women aged between 25-34 talking about cervical screening, to boost uptake and save lives. All women in Scotland aged 25-49 are offered a smear test every three years, while those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

Cervical screening saves lives and treatment as a result of screening prevents eight out of ten cervical cancers from developing.

We urge you not to ignore your next invitation for a smear test, or contact your GP practice if you have missed your last appointment.