22nd Sep, 2019

Redditch MP encourages more women to undergo cervical smear tests

Harry Leach 4th Feb, 2019 Updated: 4th Feb, 2019

PRIME Minister Theresa May has joined Redditch MP Rachel Maclean in calling on more women to undergo life-saving cervical smear tests.

During Prime Minister’s Questions last week, Mrs Maclean discussed her own experience and how, if she hadn’t attended her cervical screening test 10 years ago it could have developed into something much worse.

Mrs Maclean has been working with Jo’s Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer and abnormalities, as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

In response to Mrs Maclean’s question, which highlighted a drop in women taking up cervical screen tests, the Prime Minister said: “We need to be doing more to promote it.

“Public Health England will shortly launch a national campaign to highlight the risks of cervical cancer and encourage women to attend the screening appointments.

“I know what it is like to go through a cervical smear test and it’s not comfortable. For some it will be embarrassing and sometimes painful but those few minites can save lives.”

For more information head to – www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening

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