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More Women Should Take Up Life-Saving Screening Tests in Trafford, Say NHS Health Leaders

Too few women in Trafford are taking up potentially life-saving routine cervical screening (smear) tests, according to heath leaders at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Smear tests do not take long to carry out and they are free of charge to women aged 25 to 64. Those aged 25-49 should be tested every three years and women aged 50 to 64 should be tested every five. However, the latest data shows that there are over 1000 women across the region that are due to be screened but are yet to have it.

Dr Kath Sutton, Sale GP and Chair of NHS Trafford CCG, said: “Smear tests are designed to prevent cancer developing by detecting pre-cancerous abnormalities at an early stage in the cells in the cervix - it only takes a minute and it can save a life.
I would urge women in Trafford to always take advantage of their smear test invite, as well as other screening opportunities.”

Having regular cervical screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer. If you have not received an invite but know that you are due a test, please call your GP practice and arrange a suitable time for an appointment.

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13th January 2015