NHS Western Isles is encouraging women across Scotland to attend a screening test in a bid to reduce the risks of cervical cancer.
Over the past three years the average number of women in the Western Isles attending cervical screening appointments has been 77 per cent, with the national target set at 80 per cent.
The campaign is part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, taking place this week, and is encouraging people between the ages of 25 and 34 to establish a habit of cervical screening.
Health officials also want females aged between 25 and 64 to attend the five minute screen test.
Dr Maggie Watts, NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, said: “Cervical screening is a quick procedure which is carried out by an experienced nurse or doctor in privacy. Most women report no or only minor discomfort but we do know that some women can feel anxious about attending. If you explain to your nurse or doctor how you are feeling, they will be happy to talk you through any concerns and put you at ease.”
Nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day in the UK – however this disease could be largely preventable by attending a cervical screening appointment.
Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives in the UK every year and prevents eight out of 10 cervical cancers from developing.
You can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer by booking your cervical screening appointment with your GP Practice or the family planning clinic when you receive your letter.