The test that could save your life . . .

Hollyoaks actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter selfie to promote the #SmearForSmear campaign
Hollyoaks actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter selfie to promote the #SmearForSmear campaign

New research reveals that young women aged 25-49 across the East Riding are less likely to attend a smear test in comparison to women aged 50-64.

In 2015 in East Riding only 78% of eligible young women had a smear test compared to 81% of women aged 50-64.

Every year in the UK, more than 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under.

This Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, East Riding CCG is urging all young women to attend their cervical smear test when invited – it could save lives.

The research from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) also shows that the number of women of all eligible ages having a smear test across the East Riding is steadily decreasing year-on-year.

In 2014, 79.5% of women attended and in 2015 79.3% of women attended.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Cervical screening is important for cancer prevention and I would encourage women to accept invitations for a test.”

Dr Phil Kirby, Screening and Immunisation Lead, NHS England – North (Yorkshire and the Humber), said: “We understand that going for a cervical smear test can be daunting but a cervical screening test takes five minutes, is painless, and if you attend each time you’re invited it provides a high degree of protection against developing cervical cancer.

“It’s estimated that early detection and treatment through cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing in the UK.”