cervical screenings largeRedcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Middlesbrough Council are urging more women to attend their cervical screenings as Cervical Screening Awareness Week comes to an end.

A cervical screening, also known as a smear test is a free, simple, routine test available to all women aged 25-64, every three to five years.

As part of the wider cancer awareness work being developed by the South Tees Tackling Cancer Together Group, information and advice on cervical screening was given to participants of the Park Run at Locke Park, in Redcar on Saturday 18 June.

Runners, including New Marske Harriers, were happy to receive more information on the importance of attending for cervical screenings (smear tests), which save around 4,500 lives per year in England.

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing in the UK yet one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited, normally due to fear or embarrassment or not understanding its importance.

Councillor Lynn Pallister, Cabinet Member for Health and Housing at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said: “Cervical screening is the best way for women to protect themselves from cervical cancer. The screening programme saves thousands of lives every year, yet many women do not attend their appointments due to embarrassment, fear, confusion and inconvenience.

“We are urging all women aged 25-64 to attend their cervical screenings. They are a short, simple process that could save your life.”

For more information speak to your GP or visit www.screeningsaveslives.co.uk