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Dr Neil Smith, Primary Care Director and Cancer Research UK GP for Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance talks about the importance of cervical screening. Having cervical screening is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the risk of cervical cancer.

Cervical screening saves lives by finding early abnormalities that can be treated even before cancer begins. Cervical cancer is rare, but it is important not to ignore possible symptoms such as bleeding between periods, after sex and after menopause, changes to vaginal discharge, pain during or after sex, and unexplained lower back or pelvic pain. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your GP. They can assess you over the phone or by video call, and then they will decide if they need to see you at a face-to-face appointment for a further examination.

Don’t risk your long-term health by delaying getting the help you need.