Cervical cancer at-risk warning

The UK’s only dedicated cervical cancer charity is urging older women in Scotland to make sure they attend regular cervical screening up to final invitation, after figures for those aged 55-59 show a steady decline in uptake over the past 10 years, falling from 82.5 to 74.7 per cent.

The latest figures show the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in this age-group has risen by 41 per cent over a ten-year period.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is concerned Scotland could see an increase in diagnoses of cervical cancer later in life.

Reports point to a rise in women having new relationships later in life. This means a woman increases her risk of being exposed to the human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause for over 99.7 per cent of cervical cancers.

For further information contact Maddy Durrant, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust on 07772 290 064 / 07766657726 or e-mail maddy@jostrust.org.uk