Cervical screening saves lives

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (22nd– 28th January 2017)


Do you know cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives in the UK every year and prevents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers from developing?


Are you female and aged between 25 and 64?  If so, do you attend your 5 minute cervical screening test?  In the Western Isles, less than 4 out of 5 women take up their invitation.



You may be surprised to hear that 8 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day in the UK – however this disease could be largely preventable by attending a cervical screening appointment. Screening takes only a few minutes out of your day.
We’ve changed who we screen and how often

From June 2016, in line with national guidance, we have moved to routine screening every three years for women aged 25 to 49 and five yearly for those who are 50-64 years old.  So the dates for your invitations to attend for screening may have changed.   Women who are 24 years old or under won’t be invited for screening any more and some women  (like those who have had treatment for cervical changes) will be invited up to the age of 70 years.
Regular Cervical Screening:

  • Saves 5,000 lives a year in the UK
  • Prevents 8 out of 10 cancers developing
  • Takes less than 5 minutes


Dr Maggie Watts, NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, says: “Cervical screening is a quick procedure carried out by an experienced doctor or nurse in privacy.  Most women report no or only minor discomfort but we know that some women may feel anxious about attending.  If you explain to your doctor or nurse how you are feeling, they will be happy to talk through any concerns and put you at ease.”
Don’t put it off, when you receive your letter, book your cervical screening appointment with your GP Practice or the family planning clinic and if you have already received it – DON’T DELAY, CALL TODAY!


Detect Cancer Early

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