Wishart supports Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart is supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The week will run between 17th-23rd January. Ms Wishart has signed a motion in Parliament seeking to remove barriers which prevent some from attending screenings.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust state that 1 in 3 do not attend their appointment when invited. 220,000 women and people with a cervix are told they have cervical cell changes every year. Many more receive a diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV), but those receiving the news are often confused, ashamed, and scared.

In November Ms Wishart highlighted Shetland’s screening stats fell to 79.2% from 80.1% in annual data provided by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. These statistics came at the same time as a study showed that the HPV vaccine cuts cervical cancer by nearly 90%.

Ms Wishart said:

“This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. It is really important for those eligible to have their screening and keep up to date with it.

“We need to reverse the fall in screenings across Scotland.

“Hearing the news that there have been cervical cell changes must be really scary but support and treatment are available.

“Screenings save lives. No barrier should prevent anyone being proactive about their health.”




Notes to Editors

Motion Text:

That the Parliament notes that the week commencing 17 January 2022 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week; considers that attending cervical screening is vitally important and can save lives, yet for many, barriers remain that prevent access to screening, and calls for these barriers to be removed; believes that no-one should feel confused or alone when receiving their cervical screening results, and highlights the great work of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in providing continuous information and support for people across Scotland and the UK when dealing with cervical cancer, and encourages all MSPs to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week in order to reinforce the value of attending cervical screening for everyone who requires it.

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