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The latest cervical screening statistics for Scotland were released this morning. Uptake has fallen to 69.3%, down from 71.2% in 2020. This means fewer than 7 in 10 women and people with a cervix had their test when they were invited. Just over one million eligible women participated in screening over the last year
The key statistics are:
Samantha Dixon, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust commented on the figures:
“It is not surprising to see screening attendance has declined over the past year. However these statistics must serve as a catalyst for action. We should not just focus on recovering from the impact of COVID but instead should be looking at how we can improve uptake and what can be done to remove the barriers that exist. There are stark inequalities in attendance and COVID has only widened the gaps. There is far lower uptake among more deprived communities, while only half of young women across Scotland take up their invitation, and just two thirds of under 50s attend in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We must innovate and look to potential solutions such as HPV self-sampling and urine sampling while ensuring that every woman and person with a cervix has the information and support they need to make an informed decision about screening.”
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