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Stockport women urged to attend smear test

During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, (Monday 22- Sunday 28 January) Stockport Council is urging women who are called for cervical cancer screening to attend their appointment.

The cervical screening (smear) test picks up abnormal cell changes in the cervix that could lead to cancer if left untreated. At this stage there are often no symptoms.
The only way to detect these changes is via the smear test but one in five Stockport women fail to go for their screening every year.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“In line with the national picture there has been a fall in women attending their smear tests in Stockport. In some areas of the borough nearly 1 in 2 women do not attend their appointment. This screening test saves thousands of lives every year but if every woman went for their smear test, we could save many more. The smear test will pick up abnormal cells before they even become cancerous – so please attend your screening. It only takes five minutes but it could save your life.”

The Council’s Public Health team is working with GP practices, pharmacies, charities and Cancer Research UK to increase cancer screening uptake.

A volunteer cancer champion programme has also been set up across Greater Manchester. The purpose of the programme is to raise awareness in the community about how to prevent cancer and encourage people to take up invitations to cancer screening programmes
To sign up as a volunteer cancer champion click here
For more information about Cervical Cancer Prevention week click here