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Cervical cancer campaign launched

A leafleting campaign in Scotland has been launched to encourage more women to have cervical screening tests.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the procedure as well as the risks and causes of cervical cancer after it was revealed that of the 300,000 women who are invited for screening tests every year, 75,000 fail to attend.

Despite high profile sufferers such as former Big Brother contestant Jade Goody, who died at the age of 27, raising the profile of the condition, many women in Scotland are still unaware of the risk or the link between sexual activity, cervical cancer and screening.

"We want to encourage as many women as possible to go for their cervical screening test by putting it on their list of things to do," said Carol Colquhoun, National Screening Programme Co-ordinator.

"We've listened to what women told us and have introduced new leaflets that provide women with the answers and reassurance they are looking for."

An estimated 2,800 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK every year and while women aged 20 to 60 are invited to undergo a smear test every three years, many still fail to turn up to appointments.

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