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Following an international health report that shows Britain lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to cancer survival rates, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust echoes concerns that more needs to be done in the field of cervical cancer which has a lower survival rate than Slovenia and Czech Republic.
Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust comments: “Cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks in part to the cervical screening programme so it is unacceptable that the UK ranks poorly on survival rates and that the only two countries fairing worse are Ireland and Poland.
“Cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of all cervical cancers yet uptake across all age groups has been on a steady decline in recent years and this is a trend we need to reverse. For women aged 60-64 screening uptake is at a 15 year low and numbers being diagnosed is increasing. This is particularly concerning as survival rates for older people are typically worse.
“Research by the charity has shown a lack of awareness around cervical cancer and prevention and this could be a contributing factor to survival rates. Our research also highlighted confusion over symptoms of the disease with a third more women likely to visit a doctor with a cold than a symptom of cervical cancer.
“With poor knowledge about symptoms and 1 in 5 women ignoring their cervical screening invitation we must do all we can to increase awareness, diagnose the disease early and push up survival rates.”