Cervical screening saves lives

As new data showing that cervical screening has fallen to a 20 year low is published, a national campaign ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’, has been launched.

New research from Public Health England shows that nearly all women eligible for screening (90%), would be likely to take a test that could help prevent cancer and of those who have attended screening, 9 in 10 (94%) would encourage others who are worried to attend their cervical screening. Despite this, screening is at a 20-year low, with 1 in 4 eligible women (those aged 25 to 64) in the UK not attending their test.

Employees of St Helens Council are entitled to attend their cancer screening appointment within their working hours, and UNISON would recommend that members take up their offer of NHS screening.

This applies to any cancer screening not just cervical screening.

‘If your employer needs a nudge to join in the screening programme, let us know…’   Sheila Quinn, Women’s Officer