Younger women avoid smear tests

Young women avoid regular smear tests

Young women are avoiding regular smear tests, new figures reveal.

Nearly four in 10 women under the age of 35 do not receive regular smear tests in England.

Currently over 300 women between 25 and 35 are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Although early diagnosis can increase survival rates, many women are still avoiding their doctors to be screened.

It is only when women hit their thirties that they begin to recognise the importance of testing. 72% of women between 35 and 39 have had a smear test in the past three-and-a-half years. The figure for those under 35 stood at 63.9%.

The numbers were released by the Liberal Democrats and the party’s health spokesperson, Sandra Gidley, said: ‘A lot of the problem lies in confusion or ignorance of the disease.

‘More needs to be done to educate young women to the dangers of cervical cancer and to explain that it can often be treated by diagnosing it early.’

Richard Davidson of Cancer Research UK, repeated the sentiments saying: ‘The NHS should be justly proud but more needs to be done.’

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