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Islanders urged to book their free cervical screening

20 June 2023

Women and people with a cervix who are aged between 25 and 64 are encouraged to book their screenings this Cervical Screening Awareness Week. 

Women and people with a cervix are reminded that they need to opt-in to the free programme when they turn 25 by contacting their GP or Le Bas Centre. 

Screenings should be attended regularly, every three years for those aged 25-49, and every five years for those aged 50-64, as HPV can lie dormant for many years. 

Cervical screening detects Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a viral infection passed between people through skin-to-skin and sexual contact which is the main cause of cervical cancer. If HPV is detected the screening sample will then be checked for any underlying abnormalities of the cervical cells. 

Deputy Director of Public Health, Grace Norman, said: “Attending screenings is important as they can save your life. The test is vital in detecting the first signs of cervical disease which means treatment can be given early. It is vital that women and people with a cervix attend their screenings regularly as the majority of people may not realise they have HPV or are at risk of cancer. 

“Most cases can be treated if caught early so I encourage everyone who is eligible for this vital test to book their appointments with their GP or by calling Le Bas Centre.” 

To book a free cervical screening test, Islanders should call their GP or Le Bas Centre on 01534 443781.

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