Cervical screening appointments essential to catch cancer early

15 June 2020

GPs in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge are supporting the national Cervical Screening Awareness Week (15-21 June) to provide reassurance that it is safe to attend cervical screening appointments, which can reduce the risk of cervical cancer.

GPs in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge say that the NHS is here to help, and anyone who receives invitations or reminder letters for screening appointments should attend. Screening appointments can be crucial because early diagnosis and treatment of cancer greatly increases the chances of survival. 

Dr Kanika Rai, cancer clinical lead for NHS Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), said: “While there’s no single way to prevent cervical cancer, there are ways of reducing the risk. Spotting and treating it at an early stage is key to successful treatment so having a smear test is not only very important, it can help save lives. 

“As part of Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2020, the message hasn’t changed - we are still urging women and people with a cervix in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge to attend their regular screening appointments when invited.”

To help raise awareness of why screening is still important, visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website https://www.jostrust.org.uk/coronavirus. The website has a ‘hub’ of information and support, covering topics including cervical screening. If you are worried and need to talk, there is a free Helpline on 0808 802 8000.

You can find more information on Cervical Screening on the NHS England website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/