If you are a woman living in Leicester, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like your views about the current cervical smear test process as figures show that fewer women in Leicester are having their cervical smear test compared to women in the rest of the UK.

Despite the obvious benefits of cervical screening, many women still choose not to have this test.  Between 2015 and 2016, a total of 62.7% of women aged 25 to 49 had their cervical screening test. This is 7.5% below the national average of 70.2%. Furthermore 76.6% of women aged 50-64 had their screening test, a little higher, but still 1.4% below the national average of 78%.

 Cervical screenin is a way of preventing cancer by finding and treatin early changes in the neck of the womb (Cervix). The changes could to to Cancer is left untreated.   

The screening test is quick and simple and is usually carried out by a nurse at the GP practice. The test is reliable and any changes can be detected and treated quickly.

As a result we have launched a short survey. The questions have been aimed at women who are eligible for a cervical screening test (smear test). The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L2HB3Z5  and you have until Friday 7th July to complete it.

The survey is one way Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is trying to understand the reasons behind this so that they can come up with ways of encouraging woman to have it. A number of workshops in the local community have also been held.