Cervical Screening Campaign - 2019
In Scotland, uptake of cervical screening (smear tests) is on a downward trend, with the latest national figures showing just 72.8% of eligible woman attend for screening, compared to 80% attending 12 years ago (ISD Scotland, 2018).
Uptake is lowest amongst 25-30 years old (ISD Scotland, 2018).
The 2019 campaign aims to:
1. Raise awareness of the benefits of cervical screening.
2. Encourage women to attend when invited.
3. Empower women who missed their last appointment, or who have never been screened, to contact their GP practice to book an appointment.
4. Generate talkability on the topic amongst younger women.
Cervical Screening Campaign 2019
All women aged 25-64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years and women aged 50-64 are invited every five years. The test can pick up changes to the cells in the cervix which if left untreated could develop into cervical cancer. Women on non-routine screening (where screening results have shown changes that require further investigation/follow up) will be invited up to the age of 70.
1. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 25-35 years of age in Scotland.
2. Around six women in Scotland are diagnosed with cervical cancer every week.
3. Cervical screening is the best protection against cervical cancer and saves around 5,000 lives every year in the UK.
4. Cervical screening prevents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers from developing.
5. Eligible women are sent an invitation letter to their homes (with an information leaflet) and asked to make an appointment at their GP or local clinic.
If you receive your invitation to attend for cervical screening, pick up your phone and make an appointment.