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Bexley women reminded to have cervical smear tests

PUBLISHED: 10:53 24 January 2012

Dr Joanne Medhurst

Dr Joanne Medhurst

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Women are being urged to have cervical smear tests as more than 57,000 people across Bexley are eligible.

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs until Saturday (28) and the NHS in Bexley has been providing information about screening to women at play groups and shopping centres throughout the week.

NHS South East London Bexley Business Support Unit Joint Managing Director and Medical Director, Dr Joanne Medhurst said: “Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and part of cervical cancer awareness week is about reminding women in Bexley to have regular cervical smear tests at their GP practice. A test offers the best protection against cervical cancer.

“NHS screening is quick and free, and your GP will contact you directly to invite you in for a test. If you’ve missed a recent test, don’t worry, just contact your GP to arrange another.”

Cervical cancer can have no symptoms in its early stages. The most common symptom is abnormal bleeding. Those under 25 are not automatically invited for a cervical smear test, but should visit their GP if they have abnormal bleeding.

Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited to have a cervical smear test at their GP surgery every three years, and for those aged 50 and 64, every five years.

Visit www.bexley.nhs.uk or contact the patient advice and liaison service on 0800 328 9712.

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