Smear test­plea from­doc

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

An NHS La­nark­shire con­sul­tant is en­cour­ag­ing women in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who have missed their last smear to con­tact their GP.

More than one in five women aged be­tween 25 and 64 have not had the test done in the past five years.

Public health con­sul­tant Jen­nifer Darn­bor­ough said: “Smear test­ing pre­vents around eight out of 10 cer­vi­cal can­cers from de­vel­op­ing in the first place. It is thought to save around 5,000 lives a year in the UK.

“Cer­vi­cal can­cer most com­monly af­fects women in their 30s and 40s but it can af­fect women of any age.

“The test only takes a few min­utes and will be car­ried out by an ex­pe­ri­enced fe­male smear taker.

“Over 90 per cent of us will be given the all-clear. A few women are in­vited back for fur­ther smears or for in­ves­ti­ga­tion and treat­ment as an out-pa­tient. This treat­ment can pre­vent can­cer from de­vel­op­ing.

“While screen­ing is our best pro­tec­tion against cer­vi­cal can­cer, it is im­por­tant to visit your doc­tor if you spot any symp­toms. Symp­toms in­clude lower back pain, pain dur­ing sex, bleed­ing dur­ing or after sex or in be­tween pe­ri­ods, post-menopausal bleed­ing and un­usual vagi­nal dis­charge.”

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