AROUND a third of women in East Sussex have missed a life-saving test aimed at reducing their risk of cervical cancer, new figures have shown.
In line with falling national trends, three in ten women across East Sussex did not attend their last smear test – which can identify abnormal cells and prevent 75 per cent of cervical cancers.
As Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – which runs from January 21 to 27 – launches, the East
Sussex Public Health team is highlighting the importance of cervical screening.
Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health at East Sussex said: “Sadly, in the UK, two women lose their lives to cervical cancer every day, and nine women are diagnosed with the disease.
“With the cervical screening test able to prevent 75 per cent of cervical cancers, I would encourage all women in East Sussex who have missed their test to book an appointment – screening saves lives.”
In a bid to highlight the importance of smear tests, the team has arranged a bespoke clinic for women, a number to call for advice and is highlighting extended opening hours at some GP surgeries for women who can’t attend appointments during the day.