Local women take up chance of cervical screening at shopping centre

A drop-in cervical screening session was held in Arbroath when more than 30 women had a smear test carried out.

Women over the age of 25 who were overdue or had never had a smear test were able to drop in to Arbroath Infirmary for the evening session to have their test.

There was also an awareness stand during the day at Abbeygate shopping centre where women were able to ask questions and discuss any concerns they may have about cervical smear tests.

Lead colposcopist Dr Kalpana Ragupathy said: “Tayside has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in Scotland.”

“An abnormal smear does not mean cancer. It means a surface change in the cells in the cervix that could maybe turn into cancer if left untreated.

“Precancerous changes precede cervical cancer by 10-15 years. Regular smear tests pick up these changes and treatment reduces the risk of cervical cancer by 95%.”

Gynae cancer lead Dr Wendy McMullen added: “We realise that some women have particular difficulties with examination but it is so important that these women come for their smear tests and follow up.

“It is so sad to see women having life changing treatment for a cancer that could have been prevented by a five minute smear test and a half hour visit to the clinic.

“Please put it on your list for 2017.”

Picture shows some of the team at the Abbeygate shopping centre.