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Women aged 25 to 49 are offered the test every three years, and then every five years until the age of 64.

"Young women are embarrassed to attend smear tests because of their body shape (35%), the appearance of their vulva (34%) and concerns over smelling "normally" (38%)". Amongst this large group of viruses, there are 40 that cause genital infections and few have the traits to cause cervical cancer.

A woman can lower her risk of getting cervical cancer with the following steps.

Raise awareness among women aged 25 to 60 about the importance of regular cervical screening in preventing cervical cancer. The theme for this year is "Reduce your risk".

The San Onofre clinic now has the highest cervical cancer screening rate among the 13 clinics of the Navy hospital, Behil said, at nearly 86 percent.

Cervical cancer is also diagnosed by a biopsy whereby cervical tissue is removed from the cervix and examined in a lab under the microscope and checked for any abnormal changes, precancerous cells, and cancer cells. These symptoms may not be caused by cervical cancer, but the only way to be sure is to see your doctor. "I urge women who may have received a letter and decided not to attend to reconsider and make an appointment - it really is very quick, it could prevent you needing more invasive treatment later on and could ultimately save your life".

Initially, there are no prominent symptoms but as the cancer grows and develops, the body displays various symptoms including unusual vaginal discharge; vaginal bleeding between periods; bleeding after menopause and bleeding or pain during sex. It usually occurs after having sex.

However, cervical cancer remains the second leading cancer for females in the UAE because far too many cases are detected in the later stages of the disease.

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cells lining the cervix (neck of the womb).

Councillor Julie Reed, cabinet member for Adults and Health, said: "A surprising number of women in North Lincolnshire are not attending their cervical screening in North Lincolnshire".

There have been a number of initiatives to increase the awareness, and the access, of women to Pap smear testing. Women older than 65 may no longer need either test if previous results have been negative for several years, or they've had their cervixes removed because of noncancerous conditions, such as fibroids. The best way to prevent cervical cancer is by having the HPV vaccination and regular cervical screening. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, 13 thousand. women will be diagnosed and 4 thousand die each year from the disease. There are many reasons women don't attend ranging from simply putting it off to worrying it will be embarrassing or painful to not knowing what the test is and why it's important.

"I know it's not comfortable to do because I have, as others do, but it is so important for women's health, and I first of all want to encourage women to actually take that test".