22 October 2009
Responding to official figures that show an increase to the number of young women attending cervical screening across England, Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
'We are pleased that more young women are having the smear test and hope this rise continues, as screening undoubtedly saves lives.
'When spotted early, abnormalities can usually be treated successfully, and that is why it is also essential that women attend follow up appointments for further tests.
'Jade Goody really did leave a lasting legacy. She was open and honest about having cancer and as a result, so many more young women are now looking at their own health and are motivated into taking action.
'Anyone with questions or concerns about cervical cancer can call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.'
For more information on cervical screening, you can visit our cancer information pages .
For further information, please contact:
Helen Sathyaseelan, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4689 (Out of Hours: 07801 307 068)
Notes to Editors
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with and beyond cancer.
If you’re living with cancer, the good days really matter. Macmillan is there to help you have more good days. For answers, support or just a chat, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 - no matter what your question.