Women in East Dunbartonshire congragulated for going for smear tests

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WOMEN in East Dunbartonshire are more likely to go for a smear test to detect cervical cancer.

Eighty three per cent of women in East Dunbartonshire were screened for cervical cancer last year but NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is keen to highlight the importance of regular screening to protect women against this disease.

Consultant in public health medicine Emilia Crighton, said: “While the women of East Dunbartonshire should be congratulated for exceeding the national target for screening - 80 per cent - for the second year in a row, it is still worrying that 17 per cent of women are not taking advantage of this service which may just save their life.”

After breast cancer, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women aged 35 and under. However it is preventable and regular screening will stop eight out of 10 cancers developing.

Women aged 20 to 60 are offered cervical screening tests every three years and screening saves around 5000 lives per year. Emilia added: “The test only takes five minutes but it could save your life.”