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Gildernew Supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Published: 14 June, 2018

MP Michelle Gildernew is supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week taking place this week to highlight the potential lifesaving benefits of screening.

Screening saves thousands of lives every year. However, many women do not attend smear tests when invited.

Ms Gildernew said,

"I am delighted to support Cervical Screening Awareness Week and the work of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, a charity set up for women affected by cervical cancer and abnormalities.

"Their research in Britain shows that, although five million women are invited each year for screening, one in eight women find it difficult or impossible to book an appointment.

"Regular cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of instances of cervical cancer. This could result in thousands of lives being saved every year.

"Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under the age of 35 and every day lives are lost to the disease.

"I would urge women to avail of cervical screening regularly and to talk about it and encourage their friends, sisters, mothers and daughters.

"Jo's Trust is a wonderful organisation who offer information and reassurance around any fears or embarrassment that women may have concerning taking the test.

"I am also calling on GPs in Fermanagh and South Tyrone to make it as easy as possible for women to access these potentially lifesaving appointments." - Ends/Críoch

Notes: For more information from Jo's Trust visit: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/