Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s call for action to increase cervical screening uptake rates. Cervical screening uptake is now at a 19-year low, and more women each year are being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 and is on the rise in women over 50; every year almost 900 women sadly lose their lives. The cervical screening programme saves an estimated 5000 lives every year, however the number of women taking up this potentially lifesaving test is declining year on year and uptake is now at a 19 year low in England.
“Cervical screening coverage in the North West is only 72.3% meaning that locally, more than one in four eligible women do not attend their screening appointment.
“I am very concerned that so many women are missing out on a free test which could save their life. We need to increase awareness about the importance of cervical screening and I am therefore proud to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.”
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (www.jostrust.org.uk) is the UK’s only charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The National Helpline is on 0808 802 8000.