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Cervical screening uptake in Scotland fallen across all age groups and health boards

Tue, 06/09/2016 - 10:50

Released today, new statistics[1] show uptake for cervical screening in Scotland has fallen across every age group and every health board and is now at a 10 year low.

As of 31st March 2016 only 69.2% of women who were eligible for screening had been screened in the last 3.5 years, a concerning decrease from the year before when 70.4% had been screened.

Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust:"It is extremely disappointing and concerning to see uptake of cervical screening has fallen again. Three women lose their lives to cervical cancer every single day in the UK and not attending cervical screening is the biggest risk factor to developing the disease. Incidence of cervical cancer in Scotland has increased by 21%[2] in the last year and if we continue to see uptake decrease we are likely to see even more diagnoses and more lives lost to the disease. Cervical screening is a five minute test, but it is one that could save your life and I want to encourage all women to attend their screening when invited."

 

About cervical cancer

  • The majority (99.7%) of cervical cancers are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which causes changes to the cervical cells
  • Over 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 200,000 with cervical abnormalities each year in the UK
  • Every day 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women lose their lives
  • As of June 2016 women in Scotland are invited for cervical screening every 3 years from 25-49 and every 5 years from 50-64