More than 33,700 women miss life-saving smear test in North Yorkshire

More than 33,700 women miss life-saving smear test in North Yorkshire

Published by Lisa Darvill at 7:02am 21st January 2019. (Updated at 10:10am 22nd January 2019)

As a week-long awareness campaign gets underway, it's been revealed nearly a quarter of women missed their smear test in North Yorkshire last year. 

  • The life-saving test helps prevent 75% of cervical cancers 
  • Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is encouraging people to post selfies for their #SmearForSmear campaign 
  • Of the eligible women invited for a test in North Yorkshire between 2017-2018, 33,762 ignored the invite 
  • Overall in Yorkshire and the Humber, just over a quarter of women missed the test last year 

Stray FM has revealed the figures as the '#SmearForSmear' campaign gets underway. 

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is encouraging women to share a selfie on social media all this week. This ties in with National Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

The test helps prevent 75% of cervical cancers, which if caught early, is 99% treatable

9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day. 

Women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited for a test every few years. 

In North Yorkshire, between 2017-18, 77% of eligible women went for their test. In 2016-2017, the take up rate was 78%. 

That means more than 33,700 women missed the test last year, and 32,850 the year before. 

In Yorkshire and the Humber last year more than a quarter of women ignored their letter inviting them for an appointment. 

Nationally, over 1.2 million people do not take up their invite each year. 

Knaresborough GP Dr Cath Dixon told Stray FM:

"What we're looking for with the test is inflammation that could lead to cancer, because the cancer's treatable.

"It's devastating that 800,00 women a year die of cervical cancer

"Yes, it's a little bit uncomfortable, but it's over so quickly. 

"I find ladies are a little bit embarrassed, I try and put them at ease as much as I can. But it's an important thing to do."  

If you are unsure when your test is due you can check with your GP.  

You can find out more about the #SmearForSmear campaign at www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week/smearforsmear