Women urged - don't ignore smear test reminder

L-R: Groundwork  receptionist Tracey Arthur, Joanne Weightman, Marsden Road's senior reception administrator, practice manager Nadine Farrow , and nurse manager Alison Ashman Nurse Manager.
L-R: Groundwork receptionist Tracey Arthur, Joanne Weightman, Marsden Road's senior reception administrator, practice manager Nadine Farrow , and nurse manager Alison Ashman Nurse Manager.

Women in South Tyneside are being targeted in a week of action in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening.

Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre, South Shields, has joined forces with national charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust for Cervical Cancer Preventions Awareness Week. .

Figures show eight women in the UK are diagnosed with the disease, and three lose their lives to it, everyday.

The cancer is largely preventable due to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme. However, experts say the uptake of the screening is falling each year.

Practice manager Nadine Farrow said the centre provides comprehensive, easy to understand information about cervical cancer, cervical abnormalities and their subsequent treatments all year round.

She added: “Put simply, it’s a test that could save your life.

“Being screened is not a test for cancer, it’s a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix, and most women’s test results show everything is normal.

“Being screened regularly means that any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.”

A promotional stand will be based within the health centre in Marsden Road, from now until Friday.

As part of the promotion campaign, a cake is being raffled to raise money for support services.

London-based Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.

For Information visit www.jostrust.org.uk