Local MSP Neil Findlay attended a drop-in session with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to help raise awareness of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which took place between 20-26 January.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s #smearforsmear campaign aims to break the stigma and myths that exist around screening for cervical cancer and HPV.
This year, the cervical screening test is changing in that it will test for HPV first. The test for HPV is far more accurate and is estimated to have prevented almost 500 incidences of cervical cancer in the UK every year.
Cervical screenings are vital for early detection of HPV and cervical cancer but there is still much work to be done to maximise attendance.
In Lothian, only 70.4% of 25-64 year olds attend their cervical screening, with 73.1% attending Scotland-wide.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“The work of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is critical in raising awareness of the importance of cervical screening. To make sure that more people go along, it is vital that we break the stigma of cervical screening. These quick tests can save lives.