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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Early diagnosis of cervical cancer is crucial – Cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in the UK

In the UK everyday around 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 lose their lives. One in four women do not attend their cervical screening test every year.

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22nd -28th January 2018) and Bedford Borough Council is appealing to all eligible women to get screened to detect cervical cancer at an early stage.  

Cllr Louise Jackson said: “In Bedford Borough 71.6 % of women aged 25 to 64 were screened in the last 5 years which is below the national target of 80%; and in younger women aged 25-49 years, only 68.9% were screened in 2016-17”.

Director of Public Health Muriel Scott added: “The benefit of screening increases with age. Women who have a cervical smear test will have a lower risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer compared to women who are not screened”.

Continuous decline in uptake of cervical screening especially in younger women remains an issue both locally and nationally.

There are two major ways in which the risk of developing cervical cancer can be reduced, one of them is vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV) and the other one is cervical screening.

Regular cervical screening is the best way to identify abnormal changes. Around 1 in 20 women (5%) have an abnormal result after a cervical screening. If not treated, these changes could develop into cancer in the future.

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