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Screening for Cervical Cancer

Testing for cervical cancer among women in England has fallen to a 10-year low, a cancer charity said.

The charity said many feel the screening is not necessary or relevant to them, while others are unaware of the causes, symptoms and ways to prevent the cancer.

Some women miss or delay tests because of work commitments, while others book time off work because they are too embarrassed to discuss it with their bosses.

Samme Allen, 37, tells Daybreak how she waited ten years before being tested.

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Cervcal Cancer screening plea

A charity is urging women to attend their cervical screening tests, after figures showed one in four did not take up their invitation to attend an appointment.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is making the plea as part of national Cervical Screening Awareness Week.

  • Testing for cervical cancer among women in England has fallen to a 10-year low, a cancer charity said.
  • Despite cervical screening saving 5,000 lives every year in the UK, 20% of women are not being tested.
  • Almost 69% of women aged between 25 and 29 missed their screening invitation in 2010/11, while 23% of women aged between 50 and 60 also failed to get screened last year, according to the charity.

Cervical cancer: Jade Goody effect wears off

Jade Goody
Jade Goody died of cervical cancer at the age of 27 Credit: Ian West/PA

Over the last decade the number of women being tested for the cancer has fallen, despite a dramatic rise in 2009 following the death of Big Brother star Jade Goody from the disease.

The 'Jade Goody effect' saw more than 400,000 women in England tested for cervical cancer between mid-2008 and mid-2009.

Now fewer than 80% of women take up the screening - more than one in five women between the ages of 25 and 64 and one in three under 35 are not being tested.

Women over 50 being screened dropped below 80% for the first time in 2010 and fell even further last year.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust said some women found the screening unnecessary or not relevant to them.

Health chiefs urge for more cervical cancer screenings

Testing for cervical cancer among women in England has fallen to a 10-year low, a cancer charity said.

Despite cervical screening saving 5,000 lives every year in the UK, 20% of women are not being tested.

The charity said many feel the screening is not necessary or relevant to them, while others are unaware of the causes, symptoms and ways to prevent the cancer.

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