Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Football Club has teamed up with South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw’s Fear or Smear cervical screening campaign to urge women to not fear their smears.
The players are helping to promote the important role cervical screening plays in the prevention of cervical cancer in a bid to encourage their female fans and local women to take up their invites.
Julie Higgins, Club Secretary said: “I think it’s really important women talk more openly about cervical screening and encourage their friends to attend their appointments. I am keen to make sure that the ladies in our squad are all looking after their health and taking up their cervical screening appointments.”
It is estimated that early detection and treatment through cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing.
Women aged between 25 and 49 will receive an appointment every three years and women aged between 50 and 64 will be invited for screening every five years.
SWLFC defender, Jen Burke said: “Cervical screening is an important part of women’s health care. The sooner something is detected the sooner it can be treated. I would encourage any women overdue their appointment to take 5 minutes out of their day to protect their health and have a smear test.”
Women who have missed their cervical screening appointment are encouraged to contact their local GP to book an appointment.
Kay Ellis, Hospital Based Programme Co-ordinator for Sheffield said: “Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but a way of detecting any abnormalities in the cervix which if left alone may become a problem in the future.
“Quite often fears or concerns about cervical screening can be overcome by getting more information about the process. I would urge anybody who is nervous about attending their screening appointment to visit fearorsmear.dbh.nhs.uk.”
Don’t let your fears stop you from taking the test.