Cervical Cancer Screening: Don’t Fear Your Smear



(CTN News) – During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, a new Cervical Cancer screening campaign will launch in Trafford to increase awareness of regular Cervical Cancer screenings.

“Don’t Fear Your Smear” begins today, Monday, and involves health professionals from Trafford Council and Trafford Integrated Care Partnership.

Routine smear tests are said to prevent more than 70 percent of cervical cancers.

The smear test is a routine health check-up that takes only a few minutes but may save a woman’s life.

This campaign aims to reassure those who may feel anxious about attending their smear test, including suggestions on how to relax or how to discuss concerns.

The executive lead for health, wellbeing and equality at the council, Jane Slater, said: “It is extremely crucial that you attend your appointment so that any pre-cancerous cells can be detected and treated early.

We know people may feel nervous about their appointments, but there are things that can be done to help ease these fears.

GPs, practice nurses and staff in the practice can help you plan strategies to deal with the situation before your appointment.

The most effective way to prevent cervical cancer is through cervical cancer screening. Attending your smear test can literally save your life.”

A screening will be conducted every three years for women and those with cervixes between the ages of 25 and 49. For those between the ages of 50 and 64, it is every five years.

In addition, Cllr Slater advised: “I would encourage any woman in Trafford who receives an invitation to attend a smear test to do so. In the event that anyone believes that they may have missed an appointment, they should contact their physician as soon as possible.

In addition to raising awareness throughout our borough, we hope that the Don’t Fear Your Smear campaign will make people feel more comfortable when attending their appointments.”

A GP at Delamere Medical Practice in Stret ford, Dr Farrah Sheikh, said: “I strongly advise anyone who has received a smear test reminder to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.” Be sure not to overlook this critical appointment.

This is a simple test that can be performed by a nurse at your local general practitioner’s office.

As a result of embarrassment, getting the procedure done can be a difficult process for many people. However, most nurses who perform the procedure have been through the procedure themselves, which can put you at ease.

Performing a check on the cells might be able to detect early changes in the cells that may have life-saving implications.”

What are the 2 important cervical cancer screenings?

The HPV test and the Pap test can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.


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