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Lives at risk as older women fail to attend cervical screening

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 13/06/2013

There has a steady decline in the numbers of women attending their cervical screening whilst at the same time diagnoses for cervical cancer are increasing, according to Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Recent figures showed the proportion of women aged 55 to 59 attending regular screening dropped from about 82% to 74%. However the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in this age group has increased significantly over the past decade.

Women aged 25 to 49 are invited to attend cervical screening every three years, and women aged 50 to 64 are invited every 5 years. Research by the charity suggests almost one-third of British women aged 50 - 70 believe the test to be unnecessary for all women. And only 33% felt that the information they received about cervical screening was informative.

According to Sally Watkinson, Consultant Gynaecologist at BMI Healthcare: "The single biggest risk factor for developing cervical cancer is not regularly having a cervical screen."

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is leading on Cervical Screening Awareness Week (9 - 15 June 2013) to urge women to have regular screening. It is concerned that the low uptake could lead to an increase in cervical cancer rates.

Robert Music, director of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "Recent reports point to an increase in women having new partners later in life and this will increase their risk of contracting HPV (human papillomavirus)."

"However, even if this is not the case, typically cervical cancer is a slow-growing cancer which usually takes 10 to 15 years to develop, so women who have not been sexually active for some time may still be at risk."

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