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Macmillan GP for Richmond calls for women to get their cervical screening​

National cervical cancer prevention week 24-30 January

As part of national cervical cancer prevention week, the Macmillan GP for Richmond is urging all women aged between 25 and 64 to attend their free cervical screening test. 

Eligible women will automatically be sent an invitation from the NHS to book an appointment with their GP when their cervical screening is due.

Every day in the UK eight women are diagnosed with this form of cancer and three women will lose their lives to the disease. Uptake of cervical screening is now falling year on year but early detection is key in increasing survival rates.

Therefore, the campaign plays a crucial part in promoting the importance of having a cervical screening test and helps to raise awareness of the disease.

Dr Charlotte Pennycook, Macmillan GP for the borough of Richmond, said: "It is really important for women to understand the importance of cervical screening. We know some people may feel anxious or embarrassed about having it done.

"However, the screening test is simple and doesn't take more than 10 minutes. It is performed by the nurse or GP at your practice. The majority of results will be normal and of those that are not, most can be treated very easily and will never develop into cancer.

"We urge women to book an appointment with their GP as soon as they receive their NHS reminder or to contact their GP if they think their screening is due."

For media enquiries:

Please contact Amy Burns, Communications Officer at Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 020 8734 3016 or email