Women in Sheffield urged not to miss cervical cancer screening appointments

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Women in Sheffield are being urged to not to miss their cervical cancer screenings.

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening with women aged 25 to 49 advised to be tested every three years, and women aged 50 to 64 invited every five years.

The reminder not to miss appointments has been released by city health bosses ahead of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week between January 25 and 31.

Dr Marion Sloan, GP and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body member, said: “Being screened regularly means that any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.

“Although cervical cancer is an uncommon type of cancer, around 3,000 women are diagnosed each year. It often has no symptoms in its early stages. On average, 20 per cent of women in the UK decline the invite to be tested and yet around 80% of women in the UK are affected by HPV at some point during their life.

“The immune system usually clears the virus without requiring any treatment. However, don’t leave it to chance, get screened as it could possibly save your life.”