Cervical Screening Awareness Week: Newham GPs urge people to attend potentially life-saving appointments
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 June 2020
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GPs in Newham are reassuring people that it is safe to attend cervical screening appointments.
Around 30 per cent of women across east London who receive an invitation for a free screening appointment to get a smear test do not take it up.
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These appointments might have previously been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but GPs have urged anyone who receives an invitation or reminder letter to attend the potentially life-saving test.
Everyone with a cervix – meaning most women and many trans people – can book an appointment.
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GP and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group chair Dr Muhammad Naqvi said: “Spotting and treating it at an early stage is key to successful treatment, so having a smear test is not only very important, it can help save lives.”
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