Women from across the north-east are being encouraged to go to their smear tests to ensure any signs of cancer are caught early.
Charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has issued the message to coincide with cervical screening awareness week.
More than 200,000 UK women are diagnosed with cell changes every year after going for a smear test.
But the organisation says treatments are often “highly successful” – with around 80% of those treated having no further issues.
Gillian Martin, the SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire East, said: “A cervical smear takes only minutes and can be life saving for many women who may present with abnormal cells.
“While many women feel nervous going for the test, it is important we encourage one another to do so.
“More than 200,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with cell changes from their smear test every year.
“It can be a confusing diagnosis for many and I fully support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and their campaign to make women more aware of the side effects of treatment. While unavoidable, it is important we make women aware while they are undergoing treatment.
“I would encourage all women in the north-east and across Scotland to go for their smear tests and not to delay.”