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Cervical cancer test fears

The number of women taking a smear test to detect early signs of cervical cancer has declined, a charity has warned.

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A third of women in their late 20s 'miss smear test'

  • Uptake of smear tests in women aged 60 to 64 is at a 15 year low.
  • One in every three women aged 25 to 29 will ignore or delay their invitation to be screened.
  • The uptake among women aged 60 to 64 fell to 72.7% in 2012, a drop of 5.3% from its peak in 2007.
  • Only 63% of younger women attended a screening last year.

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