Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

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Julie urges more women to attend life-saving tests

One in four women in Sunderland and across the UK ignore or delay potentially life-saving smear tests – often because of embarrassment.


These appointments are vital, however, because cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing – and saves an estimated 5,000 lives a year.

This week, as part of Cervical Screening Awareness Week, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is calling for a greater range of appointment times at GP practices – to make it easier to access screening.

I fully support Cervical Screening Awareness Week and find it extremely concerning that one in four women across the UK do not attend screening appointments.

It really is important that we do more to make it easier for women to access appointments to improve the uptake of these potentially life-saving screenings.


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