People urged to attend life-saving cervical screenings
People in Bradford district and Craven are urged to go for potentially life-saving cervical screening.
The plea, which leads up to Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (20-27 January 2020), has been issued as nearly a third of women in our area do not take up the offer of a screening test.
As part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, women aged 25-49 are invited for a smear test at their GP practice every three years, while those aged 50-64 receive an invitation for screening every five years. Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect against cervical cancer.
If you are overdue for your cervical screening test or are not sure when you are due, people can get in touch with their GP practice.
Cervical screening is moving to a test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) first. In the majority of cases, a HPV infection goes away without doing the body any harm. Sometimes it causes cells to change which, if not treated, could develop into cervical cancer. Testing for HPV is a far more accurate test estimated to prevent almost 500 diagnoses of cervical cancer every year.