Are you due for a cervical cancer screening? Or have you already forgotten about that smear test reminder that came in the post?
Too many young women are missing out on a very simple way of avoiding a potentially fatal disease - and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging them to make sure they get screened regularly.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, and yet in Buckinghamshire alone, around 24,000 eligible women aged 25-49 have not gone for screening in the last three years. Women aged 25-29 year old are especially likely to have missed screenings.
While most women will have perfectly normal results, those that donât can usually been treated very easily and are unlikely to develop cervical cancer. However, delaying screening can mean delaying treatment if you need it â and therefore not giving yourself the best chance of beating this disease.
Dr Raj Thakkar, NHS Chiltern CCG Clinical Commissioning Director for Planned Care, said: “Attending cervical screening is absolutely essential for young women, who are most at risk of developing this form of cancer. It is a simple, quick test that can detect pre-cancerous abnormalities, which, if left untreated, may develop into cancer.
“The early warning signs of cervical cancer can stay hidden, so it is really important women donât wait for symptoms before booking a test. Screening people without symptoms as a preventative measure really works â it has saved countless lives over the years.
“So if you have received an invitation for screening, have missed your smear or are due to be screened, please get in touch with your GP surgery to arrange an appointment â it may well save your life.”