The free screening is open to women ages 21-64 who have no health insurance; have health insurance but have a co-payment or an unmet deductible; and/or have health insurance that does not cover Pap smears.
Young women are embarrassed to attend smear tests because of their body shape (35%), the appearance of their vulva (34%) and concerns over smelling "normally" (38%). I don't want other women to have to go through what I experienced, diagnosis and treatment was bad.
Jilly Goodfellow, senior sister and nurse practitioner for colposcopy and gynaecology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Nurses who take smears see hundreds of women but should never forget that the procedure may be embarrassing for some women". The report tells that around 5 million women in the United Kingdom are invited for cervical screening each year, and only one in four does not take an effort for it.
The charity says this figure rises to one in three among 25 to 29-year-olds.
'It is of further concern that body worries are contributing to non attendance.
#SmearForSmear 2018 takes place next week from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 January during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.
Ahead of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, commencing January 22, Global Positioning System in the borough are encouraging women to contact their practice to book an appointment if they have not been screened in the last three years (25-49 year-olds) or five years (50-64 year-olds).
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and the seventh most common cancer overall. He added that nurses "are professionals, who carry out millions of tests every year", so they can help ensure women are comfortable during tests.
Most women's test results show that everything is normal, but for around one in 20 women the test shows some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.
Nearly all (99.7%) cervical cancers are caused by the persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes changes to the cervical cells.
NHS England's screening and immunisation teams also work with GP practices to increase awareness.
To make an appointment or to verify qualification, call Jennifer at 218-454-5935.
If you use a spermicide, a barrier method of contraception or a lubricant jelly, you shouldn't use these for 24 hours before the test, as the chemicals they contain may affect the test.