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Don’t ignore the test that could save your life, urge GPs

GPS are urging more women to have a simple screening test which could save their life.

The message about the importance of cervical screening comes from NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinicians as National Cervical Screening Week (8-14 June) gets underway.

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under and every single day in the UK, nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer (around 3,000 a year) and three women will lose their lives to the disease.

Yet despite this, one in five women does not make an appointment for a smear test when they are invited.

Dr David Kelly, chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “We want to increase the understanding about cervical screening and how vital it is for women to have regular smear tests because these tests really can save lives.

“Women have no need to be embarrassed by the tests which are quick and painless. A simple smear test enables women to receive treatment before it is too late, preventing unnecessary deaths. So our message is clear: don’t ignore your smear test.”

In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by a virus and although four out of five will be affected with it at some time in their lives, most will not go on to develop cancer. And those who do can usually be cured if the disease is diagnosed early.

There are usually no symptoms with abnormal cells in their pre-cancerous state and sometimes no symptoms in the early stages of cervical cancer.

However GPs are urging women to be aware of some recognised symptoms which may indicate cervical cancer. These include abnormal bleeding, vaginal discharge, discomfort or pain during sex and lower back pain.

Any woman experiencing any or all of these symptoms should make an appointment with their GP as soon as possible.

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Public urged to ignore hoax cancer email

People in North Kirklees who may have received a scam email claiming to be from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) telling them they have cancer have been told to ignore it and delete it.

The email, which has been sent to some patients in the North Kirklees area, is sent from a fake email account with the subject ‘Important blood analysis result’ and says the results of the patient’s blood test reveal possible signs of cancer and asks the recipient to click on a link for further information.

Clicking on the link then infects the patient’s computer with a virus.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG, said: “Emails like this are likely to cause great distress to patients, but we strongly advise anyone who receives it to delete it immediately and not click on any of the links contained within it. Test results for cancer are never sent by email and this email is a hoax which should be ignored.”

NICE have confirmed the email has been received by people across the country, including Liverpool, East Sussex, Derbyshire, Bolton and Birmingham but does not come from them and they are working with the police to investigate the origin.

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New campaign urges women over 70 to be alert to the symptoms of breast cancer

NHS North Kirklees CCG is supporting the new NHS Be Clear on Cancer, ‘breast cancer in women over 70’ campaign.

The campaign, which will run from 3 February to 16 March across England, aims to raise awareness of breast cancer symptoms in women aged 70 and over, with the main message being – 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 so don’t assume you’re past it. The campaign also emphasises that a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer and women should tell their GP if they notice any changes to their breasts.

Breast cancer survival is lower in women aged over 70 than in younger women. Research shows that older women have low knowledge of non-lump breast cancer symptoms and are more likely to delay presenting to their GP with breast cancer. They might be embarrassed, afraid of treatment, unaware that they are more likely to develop breast cancer or dismissive of symptoms as a sign of ageing.

Around 41,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in England; of these around 13,500 are aged 70 and over. Breast cancer accounts for around 5,400 deaths in women in this age group in England annually.

Possible signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast or armpit, nipple changes, changes to the skin of the breast, changes in the shape or size of the breast and pain in the breast or armpit.

As part of the campaign, adverts will appear on TV and in national newspapers and women’s magazines.

For further information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, please visit nhs.uk/breastcancer70

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