Cervical cancer screening: shock figures in Pendle

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Less than two-thirds of young women in Pendle attended cervical cancer screening sessions in the last three years, it has been revealed.

Figures revealed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show just 63.3% of 25-29 year olds attended cervical screening between 2012 and 2014.

For 50-64 year olds, who are screened every five years, 73.1% kept their appointment.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has called for greater measures to be taken to help prevent cervical cancer.

He said: “Cervical cancer and its prevention is an important issue which directly impacts on the lives of many women and their families in Pendle.

“I have challenged NHS England, and East Lancashire NHS Area Team in particular, which is responsible for screening and immunisation in Pendle, to develop an action plan to ensure women and girls are aware of the symptoms and impact of cervical cancer and to increase uptake of cervical screening and HPV vaccination.”