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One in four women miss smear test

7th June 2012

Data has revealed a quarter of women in Wales do not attend cervical cancer screening tests.

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The figures showed nearly 40,000 women in Cardiff did not go for a screening in 2010/11.

The data found 24.3% of women aged 25-29 and 24.8% of women aged 60-64 missed the screening.

Buses in Cardiff will display the message "Cervical screening saves lives" until 18 June, as part of Cervical Screening Awareness Week (10-16 June).

Karen Holroyd, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, did not attend cervical screening tests and received a diagnosis of cervical cancer at the age of 30.

"I urge everyone to have their smear tests, I realise now how important they really are," she told BBC Wales. 

Robert Music, the director of the charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said:  "Each year, the UK screening programme saves 5,000 lives, yet one in four Welsh women are not attending their cervical screening test."

"With such a worrying decline in numbers, our campaign is also targeting Cardiff, where uptake is 73.7% - the lowest in the country. Adverts urging eligible women to get screened will adorn buses across the city with a potential to reach 92% of the city's population."

 

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