HEALTH chiefs are running a campaign this week to highlight the dangers of cervical cancer.
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, which runs from Monday until Saturday, to raise awareness of the disease.
Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK yet 20 per cent of women do not take up their invitation for cervical screening.
Dr Sheila Newport, the commissioning group’s chairman, said: “As an organisation that plans and buys healthcare for 525,000 people, we’re urging women who are invited for screening to take up their invitation.
“This is vital as early-stage cervical cancers don’t usually have symptoms and are generally detected through screening.
“For Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2014, we’re urging women who have experienced any of the symptoms to talk to their GP.
It’s important that women talk about the changes in their body and ensure they seek medical attention if necessary.
“Chances are it won’t be cervical cancer but better to get it checked.”
To find out more visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk