London – the worst screening uptake figures
Last years National Statistics reported that London is the worst region for screening with age approriate screening falling from 68.4% in 20155 to 66.7 in 2016. Overall, Northern Ireland and Wales lead cervical screening coverage.
Over a 5 year period, coverage for women aged 25-64 was 76.5% compared with 77.2% in 2015. The long term trend shows a gradual fall in year coverage over the last 10 years. In 2009 there was a slight increase which has been associated with the media attention around the diagnosis and subsequent death of the high profile media personality, Jade Goody. Once this slowed down, coverage has either fallen or remained unnchanged each year since 2005.
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said; ‘As one of the only preventable cancers, women have an oportunity to significanty educe their risk of developing this disease, yet for various reasons year on year, fewer women are taing up their cervical screening invitation.’
There are many wonderful champions campaigning such as Sarah’s Angels who raise money for their local Hospice and drive cervical cancer awareness. Twitter: SarahsAngels17.
The team at Dignity Wear aim to make an impact on these figures by providing a direct solution to those women who do not attend due to embarrassement, exposure or cultural reasons.