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​Lambeth CCG urge women in Lambeth to attend their cervical screening

June 10 – 16 is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and Lambeth CCG are supporting a campaign by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to encourage women to attend their cervical screening.

Cervical screening uptake is currently at a 25 year low, meaning we are getting further away from eliminating cervical cancer. Almost 35% of 25-64 year-old women in London, that’s nearly 1 million London women, have not attended their cervical screening.

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites all women in Lambeth from the age of 25 to 64 to attend cervical screening. Women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every 5 years.

During cervical screening, a small sample of cells is taken from the cervix and checked under a microscope for abnormalities. In some areas, the screening sample is first checked for human papilloma virus (HPV), the virus that can cause abnormal cells.

You should be sent a letter confirming when it's time for your screening appointment. Contact your GP if you think you may be overdue.

A survey by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust of more than 2,000 women in the UK found that embarrassment is a common reason women avoid smear tests.

If you have a question about cervical screening, want reliable information or just need to hear a friendly voice, Jo’s Cervical Cancer trust have a free UK helpline. You can call them on 0808 802 8000 or visit www.jostrust.org.uk  for more information. 

You can also contact your GP in Lambeth for help and advice.