“Stop fannying around” and book a smear test

A new campaign is encouraging women to “stop fannying around” when it comes to cervical cancer screening tests.

NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government have joined forces to help nip cancer in the bud by getting more women to attend routine smear tests.

Smear tests help detect cells that can turn into cervical cancer, so are extremely important in the fight against the disease.

6 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Scotland every week.

A video released by the campaign highlights the main reason most women avoid these tests – embarrassment.

Christine Paterson, practice nurse at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “No one looks forward to a smear appointment, but I want to reassure women that we’re trained to make the test go as smoothly as possible.

“I’ve done hundreds of smear tests and afterwards, most women – especially those that it’s their first time – are surprised by how quickly it’s all over.”

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