North Somerset women urged to attend 'life-saving' smear tests

North Somerset women urged to attend 'life-saving' smear tests

Approximately 79 million Americans now have HPV, but most don't know they are infected, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Diagnosis and treatment of the abnormal cells developing in the cervix help in the prevention of cervical cancer.

Research fellow Anna Adcock said HPV screening was more effective at preventing cervical cancer and its associated premature death than the current smear test, and the new technology enabled women to screen themselves.

Around 75% of eligible women took up the offer of a smear test in 2018, compared to 70% the previous year.

North-east MSP Gillian Martin is encouraging women to go for their smear test.

Another serious barrier affecting uptake is the ease of testing.

"In 2017 we did a study into why women don't attend screenings and one in three said they wouldn't go to one". This has meant that the take-up of screenings is at just 61 per cent among 25 to 29-year-olds in England, and 69 per cent for 30 to 34-year-olds. And what initiatives do you think have, or could, encourage them?

The HSA advises women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21, and for parents to ensure their pre-teens receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust update their opening times regularly on their website with the opportunity to leave a message to request a representative to return your call.

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Ms Kopu-Stone was eventually encouraged by her aunty Sandy Morrison to take the smear test.

Dr Eric Kelly, chairman of Bassetlaw clinical commissioning group, said: "Having a smear test is hugely important as early detection of any abnormalities within the cervix can lead to a better chance of successful treatment". However, the "Jade Goody effect" seems to have now passed and screenings are at a 20-year low. This could be done by allowing women who work or have families to attend a screening in the evenings or at weekends, as well as offering tests at easy access clinics, like family planning centres.

"We need to implement this new cancer prevention screen as soon as possible to save lives".

The HPV virus is responsible for nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and the HSA told Cayman 27 it can be prevented with regular pap screenings and the HPV vaccine.

The rising incidence of chronic diseases such as cervical and vaginal cancer are expected to drive growth of HPV testing and Pap test market.

"I was told I had cervical cancer".

What are you expecting and hoping for from future research into the topic?

Data from the ministry of health and Kenya cancer association shows that 3200 women die annually from the disease, a trend that is giving the government sleepless nights.

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