Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer screening fears delay testing, says trust

Confusion and fear about cervical cancer and testing is putting women’s lives at risk, research has found. A survey found 36% of women aged 25-29 questioned had failed to attend a test in 2012-13, with some citing worries about pain or embarrassment as factors.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust chief executive Robert Music said “Currently just under 3,000 UK women are diagnosed each year and if those who are delaying their screening continue to misunderstand the disease and how it can be prevented, then we are concerned that screening uptake will continue to fall and incidence will start to rise.”

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