|Regina, pictured above with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, is encouraging all women aged 25 to 60 to make smear checks part of their regular health routine|
The Meath East TD said “this week is the launch of the Pearl of Wisdom campaign, marking the beginning of the European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week which takes place from January 24th to 30th.
“It is so easy to put our regular screening by smear test on the long finger as we all go about our busy day to day business, but the fact of the matter is that cervical cancer affects more than 300 people in Ireland each year. Devastatingly, over 90 women die from the disease. This week’s Pearl of Wisdom Campaign is an essential reminder, for all women aged between 25 to 60, to make sure that they are up to date with their free regular smear test.”
Continuing, Doherty said “regular checks could mean the difference of survival of cervical cancer. Women can check to see when their next smear test is due, or register to have their first smear test, at www.cervicalcheck.ie or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
“Cervical cancer is one of the main forms of cancer affected women but it is also the most preventable. Only 78% of eligible women have availed of this free check and given that such a quick and simple check could save a life, we need to ensure that there is 100% take up of the regular free check by eligible women.”
Concluding, Doherty said “early detection of any changes in our bodies is paramount in preventing cervical cancer and I am strongly echoing the sentiments of the Pearl of Wisdom campaign, encouraging all women aged 25 to 60 to make smear checks part of their regular health routine.”