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Cervical cancer prevention week

26 JAN 2017 - 14:21 to 31 JAN 2017 - 14:21

This week (22-28 January 2017) is cervical cancer prevention week (CCPW), a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. It aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening, commonly known as a smear test and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer. It is also an opportunity to help raise awareness of the disease.

Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives in the UK every year and prevents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers from developing.

The NHS screening programme in Scotland offers free tests every three years to women between the ages of 25 and 60 and every five years for women aged 60 to 64.

Watch our video to find our more about cervical screening and how to arrange yours.

For more information on cervical cancer, visit You can also join in the conversation on Twitter by following @JoTrust to get more people talking about the importance of attending smear tests.