West Yorkshire Women Urged To Have Smear Tests

There's been a drop in the number of women going for cervical screening in our area.

Around a third of women aged 25-49 in the Bradford district are not attending their cervical screening tests, also known as smear tests.

Across Yorkshire, there's been a 5.5% drop in the percentage of women taking part, meaning just 74.5% of those invited are going along, the figure for Bradford is even lower at around 68%.

Women aged 25-49 years old are currently invited to take part in cervical screening every three years, and for women aged 50-64 it's every five years.

The tests can identify any abnormalities early, which can then be treated before cervical cancer starts to develop.

Yorkshire Cancer Research say participation rates for smear tests increased around the time of Jade Goody's diagnosis and subsequent death from cervical cancer at the age of just 27 in 2009, but the public awareness appears to have worn off since then.

Dr Anne Connolly, GP and clinical lead for maternity, women's and sexual health, Bradford District and Craven CCGs, said:

"Getting the test is really easy and it only takes a few minutes to do. You should get a reminder from your GP practice when you are due for a smear test, the test can be done at your GP surgery or a local contraception service and can always be performed by another female. I would really encourage women to book in for the test if they are overdue or as soon as they get a reminder - it only takes five minutes and could save your life. If you are not sure whether you have missed your test, please contact your GP surgery and they will let you know."


In the video below, Bradford woman Laura tells her story about cervical screening...



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