If you’ve missed an invitation, please contact your GP to book an appointment.
The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw has an informative ‘Fear or Smear’ website which may help answer any concerns that women have, dispel any myths or fears, and provide them with the information they need to make an informed decision.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged under 35, with 8 women a day being diagnosed with the disease in the UK. The best way for women to protect themselves against cervical cancer is by taking up their cervical screening appointments. Cervical screening is NOT a test for cancer; it is a screening test to detect changes to the cells of the cervix or neck of the womb. It is estimated that early detection and treatment through cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing.
All women live in South Yorkshire or Bassetlaw between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical screening test every three to five years. If you are aged 25-49 you will receive an appointment every three years, aged 50-64 every five years and if you are 65+ you will only be screened if you haven’t had a smear test since the age of 50 or have had recent abnormal tests
Women aged 25 and over who live in South Yorkshire or Bassetlaw are being asked to complete a short survey to help the local screening team running this campaign to gain an insight into behaviours and attitudes towards cervical screening.