Women in Rochdale are being encouraged to check they are up to date with their cervical screening on the back of this year's Cervical Screening Awareness Week.
The annual event, which this year ran from Monday, 11-Sunday, 17 June 2018, raises awareness of the importance of cervical screening for women aged 25-64.
Why it's important
Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing yet 1 in 4 women do not attend when invited.
Women aged 25-49 are invited every 3 years and women aged 50-64 are invited every 5 years. Anyone registered with a GP should get an automatic invitation, but anyone can call their GP to check they're up to date.
Attend when invited
Andrea Fallon, our director of public health, said: "I would encourage every woman invited for a cervical smear to attend as soon as they are invited.
"There are many myths and misconceptions around the check-up, and the Jo's Trust website is an excellent resource for anyone who would like to find out more."
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, and every year around 3000 women are diagnosed.
How to arrange screening
To arrange a cervical smear, you can make an appointment to see a practice nurse or a GP. You can also make an appointment at a sexual health clinic by calling Virgin Care Sexual Health hub 0300 3038565, 24 hours a day Monday-Friday .
Alternatively, you can attend a walk-in clinic.
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