One in four miss cervical cancer tests

Published Monday, 21 January 2013
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A major cancer charity has warned that one in four women in Northern Ireland are not taking up their cervical cancer screening appointments.

One in four miss cervical cancer tests
A national campaign is aimed at raising awareness. (© UTV)

Only 77% are being screened according to Jo's Cervical Cancer trust - and the figure drops to 72% in Belfast.

The national charity said some of the explanations women gave included confusion, embarrassment, fear and a lack of convenient appointment times.

It comes as NI's first Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is launched this week.

The campaign is aimed at increasing awareness, through advertisements on buses calling on women to take their appointments.

Cancer survivor Michelle Roe said: "If I had known that cervical screenings were to detect abnormalities before they turned cancerous, and could potentially save your life, I would never have ignored the invite that fell through my letterbox time and time again."

The first face-to-face support group for those diagnosed has also been created and the first meeting will be on 20 February in Belfast.

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3 Comments
Lucky in NI wrote (673 days ago):
Screening saved my life as well....although there are several signs to watch out for the early stages of Cervical Cancer have NO symptoms at all! This is why screening is so important it can pick up any changes at the earliest possible stage.
Pauline in Co. Antrim wrote (675 days ago):
After having an irregular smear last year and going every couple of months for checkups, I can't stress enough how important getting your smear tests done is! I had between Cin2 and Cin3 (the most severe change before cancer). I was treated at outpatients at the hospital and had the lletz procedure done. The nurse was fantastic and they do this on a daily basis, so there is no need to feel embarrassed. She made me feel at ease which was what I needed as I was worrying so much and google was making me worse. I finally received my all clear just before Christmas after nearly a years worrying, but I will be going every 6 months for the next couple of years. Please please go if you notice anything out of the ordinary get yourself checked out.
Survivor in NI wrote (675 days ago):
Screening saved my life. Make the appointment Ladies. Your life could be saved too!!!
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