3 March 2010
Responding to new Government guidance that will assist family doctors in spotting cervical cancer symptoms early, Jacqui Graves, Clinical Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'Almost a year after Jade Goody’s death and with continued calls for screening in younger women, we welcome new guidance recommending that GPs fast-track women for an immediate full pelvic examination on all suspected cases of cervical cancer. It now provides real clarity for women under 25 who have symptoms but who are too young for a smear test.
'These guidelines should be put into practice immediately in order to address the current shortfall of getting an accurate early diagnosis, as for too long, women in their early 20s have been left in limbo.
'Anyone with questions or concerns about cervical cancer can call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.'
For further information, please contact:
Helen Champion, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4689 (Out of Hours: 07801 307 068)
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