Appeal to Younger Women to have Smear Tests
There has been a drop in the number of women aged 25 to 29 getting a smear test in Northern Ireland. Last year the numbers of younger women who had a smear test fell to 67.9% from 71.5% five years ago. This had led to obvious concerns as missing appointments can delay a cancer diagnosis.
Every year in Northern Ireland an average of 95 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and around 25 die from it. Early detection and treatment can prevent 7 out of 10 cases of cervical cancer and the earlier it is detected the better for treatment.
In the UK one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited. Women aged 25 to 49 are automatically invited by their GP every 3 years and every 5 years for women aged 50 to 64.
ITV’s Loose Women programme is running a ‘Face Your Smear’ pledge this month to encourage women to never miss a smear test #FaceYourSmear. This campaign helps to raise awareness of the importance of the test. There are many reasons why women find smear tests difficult or scary but the important message is that this quick test could quite literally save your life.
Make your pledge at: https://www.itv.com/loosewomen/take-the-loose-women-face-your-smear-pledge
WRDA are offering free cervical cancer screening awareness sessions to community groups, more information at: https://wrda.net/training/