Scottish Government launches nationwide cervical screening campaign

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 12th October 2021

The campaign urges those eligible for cervical screening to go for a smear test.

The Scottish Government has launched a nationwide campaign urging those eligible for cervical screening to go for a smear test when invited.

Cervical cancer is largely preventable and screening is the best way to protect against the disease. Two people die from cervical cancer in the UK every day. However, one in three women in Scotland don’t attend their five-minute smear test that can stop cervical cancer before it starts.

The campaign also provides guidance and reassurance around the appointment to help people overcome barriers to attending.

Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health said:

“A five-minute smear test could save your life. Even if you expect everything is fine, it’s important not to ignore your invite, as the test can help stop cervical cancer before it starts.

“The test screens for human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer, and helps ensure cell changes are identified and treated earlier.

“This campaign has been developed to encourage more eligible people to attend and ultimately save more lives. It’s understandable some may feel anxious about the smear test itself, but information and advice are available to help make your appointment easier.”

You can read more about the campaign via the Scottish Government website (this link will take you away from our website).

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