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Barking and Dagenham women urged to attend regular cervical cancer screening

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 January 2018

A consultant reviewing a smear test. Picture: Haydn West

A consultant reviewing a smear test. Picture: Haydn West

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Women in Barking and Dagenham are being urged to attend regular cervical cancer screening appointments.

Cervical screening, also known as smear tests, help identify pre-cancerous cells and allow doctors to treat women at increased risk of cervical cancer.

This prevents around 75 per cent of cervical cancers from developing and saves an estimated 5,000 lives each year in the UK.

In the borough, though, only 64.1 per cent of women aged 25 to 49, and 75.2pc of women aged 50 to 64 attend their smear test when invited.

To mark cervical cancer prevention week, running this week, GPs are encouraging women to book a free test if they have not been screened in the past three years.

Dr Kanika Rai said: “Regular cervical screening is crucial for protecting women against cervical cancer. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of women attending their smear test when invited.”

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  • Most women find smear tests done at your GP to be very unpleasant, making future appointments off-putting. The start of my anxiety is that the examination bed is pushed up close to the wall, making the bending of your knees etc. very uncomfortable. My next worry is that the door will open while the procedure is being done, with everything on show. Then there is the thought that the nurse doing the procedure hasn't been trained enough. I always get someone that has to try different things because they couldn't get the sample first time. I think these are the main reasons why women don't go for their smear tests at their GP surgery. It is also why I haven't gone to mine. I prefer my smear test to be carried out at a clinic. They are much more comfortable. A proper bed with stirrups is used. You are covered up and a curtain is drawn around you. A doctor does the procedure with no difficulties. For me I have no anxieties having it done by a professional. Why are smear tests no longer available at GUM clinics or Family Planning Centres?

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    Angela Reid

    Friday, January 19, 2018

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