Smear tests save lives - make sure you attend yours


When an abnormal group of cells grow in the area, the cells may develop the ability to metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body, causing a malignant form of the cancer.

Getting the HPV vaccine is another measure that helps prevent cervical cancer transmitted through HPV.

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cells lining the cervix (neck of the womb).

"Increasing awareness of the importance of early detection and its role in decreasing the mortality and morbidity of cervical cancer within the female population of the UAE is an important focus for us", said Dr Suhaila Alameeri, consultant anatomic pathologist at NRL, and member of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority Cervical Cancer Screening Technical Taskforce.

Cork camogie team, who are supporting this year's campaign, have been invited to attend the event. Women between the ages of 30 and 65 can also get an HPV test with a Pap test.

Cervical cancer is one of the most common and debilitating cancers that affects women. Women who get well woman care in specialty women's health care settings should make sure that their Pap test results are sent to their primary care provider.

Senior Health Promotion Officer with the National Screening Service, Lynn Swinburne, said Cork is doing well in the CervicalCheck uptake stats, but they are working to improve the rate.

It's Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and young women are being urged to respond to invitations to have a smear test to help reduce the risk of contracting the disease.

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"The reason that we try to get it to the younger age group is that we are trying to get folks vaccinated before they reach what we call sexual debut", said Jessica Malpass, an assistant professor of nursing and pediatrics.

Increase uptake of the CervicalCheck programme by encouraging eligible women to check when their next smear is due or, for non-attenders, to register for their first test.

A number of events will also run around the country, with Health Promotion Teams, including the event on January 31 in Cork. "The American Cancer Society estimates 12,820 new cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2017, eventually leading to about 4,210 deaths", said Lt. Cmdr.

'We have women in our lives that we love and care about and can all play a part in helping protect them from cervical cancer'.

Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "Cervical cancer is largely preventable with cervical screening (smear tests) providing the best protection against the disease". A cervical screening test is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes and can saves lives.

Now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be asked to take a fresh look at the issue, as the Prime Minister urged women to keep up to date with checks and acknowledged questions have been raised about the scheme. Women can choose to have their screening test done from over 4,500 Global Positioning System, practice nurses and health clinics nationwide.

Women aged 25 to 49 are offered the test every three years, and then every five years until the age of 64.