Women in Waltham Forest encouraged to keep cervical screening appointments to help beat cancer

Women living in Waltham Forest are being encouraged to keep their cervical screening appointments to help prevent them developing cancer.

Slightly more women in the borough die from cervical cancer than in England overall, four in every 100,000, compared to three in every 100,000 nationally, and only 63% of the 65,575 women, aged 25 to 49, living here are keeping their screening appointments.

That’s lower than the England average of 71% of women who keep their appointments and means around 25,000 women are missing the chance of detecting early signs of the disease.

Local GP Dr Mayank Shah, who is the Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (WFCCG) said: “It’s vital that women keep their cervical screening appointments.

“Screening remains one of the best ways to spot cervical cancer early, and prevent it from developing. Anyone who is hesitating to go because they are not sure what screening test involves, can call their local GP practice to find out more.

“Improving screening coverage and awareness of the programme is vital in reducing the number of deaths from cervical cancer.”