Women urged to take up screening


Cervical Cancer Awareness Week started on Saturday and the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is showing its support as they continue working to prevent needless deaths and raise awareness of the disease.

Almost 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK, yet 20 per cent of women do not take up their invitation for cervical screening.

“We are urging women who are invited for screening to take up their invitation,” said Dr Brynnen Massey, chairman of Lincolnshire East CCG.

“This is vital as early-stage cervical cancers don’t usually have symptoms and are generally detected through screening.”

There are, however, some recognised symptoms associated with cervical cancer.

These include abnormal bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding, unusual discharge and discomfort or pain during sex.

“For Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2014, we’re urging women who have experienced any of the symptoms to talk to their GP,” added Dr Massey.

“It’s important that women talk about the changes in their body and ensure they seek medical attention if necessary.”

Cervical cancer is largely preventable and, if caught early, survival rates are high.