Give your views on why women are not taking up cervical screening in the fight against cancer

In Waltham Forest, more women die from cervical cancer than the national average: four in every 100,000, compared to three in every 100,000 in England. 

However, only 63% (65,575) of women aged 25 to 49 who live in the borough are keeping their screening appointments. 

Today (22 September 2016), at its Shaping Health Services Together community conference and AGM, NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is launching a survey to try to determine why. 

The questionnaire, ‘Investigating women’s low uptake of cervical screening in Waltham Forest’, is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/investigating_low_cervical_screening_uptake 

The CCG also would like to hear from women who would be willing to take part in a closed discussion with clinical leads for cancer services to find out what can be done to encourage more local women to go for the test. 

Local GP Dr Mayank Shah, who is the Clinical Director for Cancer at the CCG, said: “Improving screening coverage and awareness of the programme is vital in reducing the number of deaths from cervical cancer. 

“Screening remains one of the best ways to spot cervical cancer early, and prevent it from developing. 

“We want to find out why women are not taking the opportunity to have what can be life-saving screening, and do what we can to reduce the barriers.” 

If you would like to take part in the discussion, or if you are a member of a local community group that would like someone to visit your group and talk about cervical screening, please email communications@walthamforestccg.nhs.uk with your details, putting ‘cervical screening’ in the subject header.