Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week and urges more women to attend the potentially life-saving test. This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week (11-17 June) which seeks to highlight the potential life-saving benefits of cervical screening (smear tests).

Cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing and saves an estimated 5,000 lives across the UK every year. However, one in four women do not attend when invited. During Cervical Screening Awareness Week, the UK’s only charity for women affected by cervical cancer, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, warns that more needs to be done to facilitate women’s access to screening appointments. The charity is calling for a greater range of appointment times at GP practices, increased access through sexual health services and innovation including the introduction of self-sampling.

Emma said, “I am delighted to be supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week, and the work of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Latest figures from the Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) show that screening coverage in Wolverhampton has dropped to 67% with nearly 22,000 women not taking up their screening invitation in the last year.

“Not only is Wolverhampton’s figure lower than the average, it falls short of the 80% national target. Part of the reason for this is that many women find it hard to get an appointment time that suits them and I support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s calls for action to tackle this. I urge women in Wolverhampton to attend their regular smear tests for cervical cancer as this could save their life.”

Jo’s Cervical Trust has a free Helpline women can call on 0808 802 8000 if they have any questions about cervical screening. Robert Music, Chief Executive said, “…no question is too big or small. We would like all women to feel they can make an informed decision in attending this potentially life-saving test.”

June 2018