29 March 2017
Women told 'don't miss out - screening can be a life saver'
It could mean the difference between life and death, yet figures show that 20% of women still do not attend their cervical screening appointments* and Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynaecological Oncologist, Miss Kolomainen, is urging women in the region to make sure they are up to date with their smear tests.
Miss Kolomainen, who practices at Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend, Essex said: “Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. The signs that it may develop can be often be spotted early and it can be treated before any symptoms occur.”
“While around 750 women in the UK die of cervical cancer every year, figures show that many of those who develop the disease have not been screened regularly. The most important risk factor for developing cervical cancer is not being regularly screened- yet it is thought that as many as one million women a year are missing out”*
Women aged 25 to 49 are invited to attend cervical screening, or smear tests, every three years; those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years. The screening can detect abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells in the cervix in order to prevent cervical cancer.
Miss Kolomainen said: “It is important to get the message across that cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but instead allows for the detection of abnormalities.
“The routine of attending for a cervical smear should be an important part of every woman’s health regime. Early detection is key to increasing survival rates so educating everyone about the disease, its symptoms and ways to prevent it is very important.”
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*Figures from Office of National Statistics