Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Concern is being expressed about the lower uptake of CervicalCheck screening in Roscommon.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner by Darragh Bermingham, less than 75% of eligible women attend in counties Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Monaghan, Roscommon.

Data obtained from CervicalCheck shows most counties across Ireland are seeing close to an 80% attendance rate for women attending screening appointments.

Every year in Ireland, about 300 women get cervical cancer, and 90 die from it. Almost 150 of the women diagnosed with cervical cancer are diagnosed in screening.

Dr Noirín Russell, clinical director of CervicalCheck, highlighted the need for increased attendance rates among women over 50 and in the six counties with lower rates of attendance.

“Less than 75% of eligible women attend in counties Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Monaghan, Roscommon and Dublin,” she said.

“Everywhere else is approaching 80% attendance, but it’s under 75% in those six counties.

“I was speaking to the Irish Camogie Association recently and I said if you know anyone in these six counties, make sure you get screened yourself and then say it to your sister, your mother, friends or whoever. We need to increase uptake in those areas.”

Dr Russell said while attendance rates among younger women have remained high, there has been a slight reduction among those aged over 50.

“We’ve noticed a recent trend over the past few years in women over 50, many of whom think they don’t have to go for CervicalCheck screening anymore.

“We know that the rate of attendance for women in the 50 to 65 age group is lower.

“Even if you are over 50 and you’re menopausal, you still have to go for cervical screening. That’s an important message to get out there. Screening still has the potential to reduce your risk of developing cancer.”

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