WOMEN in Clydebank are being urged to get screened for cervical cancer – as shock figures show numbers are at a 10-year low in Scotland.
MSP Gil Paterson is backing the campaign by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which runs from January 22 to 28.
The group also revealed only 69 per cent of eligible women in Scotland attended a screening last year.
Mr Paterson has spoken out and urged constituents to get the potentially life-saving smear test.
He said: “Cancer can be stopped much easier if it is caught in the very early stages – and that’s why screening is so important.
“The number of women missing out on cervical cancer screening in Scotland is deeply distressing. It is the most common cancer in women under 35 and it’s on the rise for those older than 50.
“I urge women in Clydebank, and across the whole of Scotland, to get screened. Screening can detect cervical abnormalities and women can receive treatment before this deadly cancer develops.”
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “We have one of the best cervical screening programmes in the world which saves approximately 5,000 lives a year across the UK.
“However, the number of women attending their screening is at a 10-year low in Scotland.
“If we do not increase investment in prevention we will be faced with more women facing the physical and psychological cost of cervical cancer, increased burden on the NHS and state, and more lives lost.”
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