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Viv Bennett: Improving cervical screening uptake would save lives 

With the uptake rate of cervical cancer screening at a 20-year low, nurses need to help women understand the importance of screening and its crucial role in preventing death from cervical cancer, says Public Health England chief nurse Viv Bennett

With the uptake rate of cervical cancer screening at a 20-year low, nurses need to help women understand the importance of screening and its crucial role in preventing death from cervical cancer, says Public Health England chief nurse Viv Bennett

Screening programmes help identify a range of cancers at the earliest opportunity, and are vital in improving patient outcomes.

A study in the British Journal of Cancer published in October 2016 estimated that screening prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths in England, and if everyone attended screening regularly 83% of cervical cancer deaths could be prevented.

The latest figures, however, published by

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