Don’t miss your smear

Cropped image from jo's trust poster campaign "A smear test lasts 5 minutes the impact of cervical cancer lasts a lifetime

Kirklees now has an uptake rate of vital cervical cancer screening that outperforms the national and regional averages but health leaders say there is still more to do.

Figures from Public Health England show the take up for cervical cancer screening in Kirklees was 77%, which is higher than the rate for England (74%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (76%).

Within the programme, all women registered with a GP and aged between 25 and 49 are invited to be screened for cervical cancer once every three years, while those aged between 50 and 64 are invited once every five years.

Local public health officers supported the Jo’s Trust campaign in 2016 called ‘Salons Supporting Screening’. This campaign aimed to raise awareness of the importance of attending cervical screening and encourage more women to have this potentially life-saving test.

Officers contacted salons across Kirklees to encourage them to promote the campaign, which included displaying and talking about information from Jo’s Trust and Cancer Research UK.

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Cabinet member with responsibility for public health, said:

“We fully support any activity that raises awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screening. So while it is encouraging that our local rate is higher than regional and national rates, the Public Health team in Kirklees is working with colleagues in the NHS to encourage all women invited for cervical screening to take up their invitation. We cannot be complacent as this test is potentially a life-saver for those affected.”

Find out more about cervical screening and cancer

Visit the Jo’s Trust website for lots of useful information.

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