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Many women ‘unaware’ of cervical screening programme

Screening programmes need varied methods of publicity to improve uptake, say researchers.
Smear test

More than a quarter of women who have not had a smear test may not know about the cervical screening programme, according to a study.

The research, by Cancer Research UK-funded scientists at University College London, used survey responses from more than 3,100 women who were eligible for screening, of whom 793 had not taken the test.

About half (51%) of those who had not had the test told the survey they intended to go in the future but were currently overdue. But, 28% reported that they were unaware of the screening programme.

Of the non-participants, 15% had decided not to attend and this was more likely among women aged between 55 and 64.

Study leader Jo Waller said: ‘Campaigns using


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