Doctors asked to help with screening plans

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Doctors in Preston are being urged to sign up to take regular cervical screening programmes to help prevent cervical cancer.

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but can help prevent the disease by detecting early abnormalities in the cervix so they can be treated.

If these abnormalities are not identified and go untreated, they can lead to cancer of the cervix.

It is thought on average that cervical screening helps save the lives of 4,500 women in England every year.

Dr Ann Bowman, a local GP and chairman of NHS Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Having your cervical screening sample taken should only take matter of minutes.

“In the UK, practice nurses take the majority of cervical screening samples.

“As with all cancers, the earlier a problem is spotted, the better the patient’s outcome. Screening saves lives.”