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Women are urged not to miss smear tests
8:00am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
A new campaign has been launched in Airedale to encourage women aged from 25 to 34 to attend a smear test.
And it calls on the mothers of the women being targeted to encourage their offspring to take the test, which can detect pre-cancerous cells that can be easily treated.
Arshad Hussain, acting screening co-ordinator and senior public health manager for NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds, said: “It is vitally important that you attend an appointment when you receive one.
“Women can sometimes be put off attending a test because they may feel uncomfortable, or they may be worried about the outcome of the test. However, it really is the best way to prevent cancer before it develops.
“We’re asking the close relatives of the women we’re targeting – primarily mothers, but also aunts, sisters and cousins, to encourage them to take the test. Their support can positively influence their loved ones and ensure the best possible wellbeing for them.”
Eligible women will receive a letter from their local Primary Care Trust or GP asking them to make an appointment for screening.