A campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of cervical cancer as part of a £100,000 government scheme is heading to Aberdeen.
The roadshow will tour locations across Scotland, including Aberdeen. The tour is being run by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and aims to save lives in places with low screening uptake.
About one in four women in Scotland do not attend smear tests despite them being the best way to detect the potentially fatal condition.
The Scottish Government is funding the campaign through its £100,000 cancer strategy to improve prevention, detection, treatment and survival rates.
City councillor Catriona Mackenzie spoke about her personal experience after a routine smear test check resulted in “dangerous cells” being detected.
She said: “I had a routine smear test when I was 24 years old and it turned out I needed further treatment after some dangerous cells were found. Thankfully, they weren’t cancerous and everything is normal now, but when I told my friends about my experience I realised many of them had been putting off their first screening or their second.
“When I read that one in four women in Scotland do not attend smear tests and my friends were putting it off, it was a wake-up call.
“I thought maybe not all women are having these health conversations openly – and these are the conversations we should start having.
“We should not wait until we hear a terrible story about someone we know. The roadshow will have information on cervical cancer which these tests hope to prevent and I encourage women to come out and learn more.
“Although dates for Aberdeen have not been confirmed, we should keep an eye out for when the roadshow reaches the city.”
In Scotland, all women aged 25 to 64 are invited to have a cervical screening test every three years from age 25 to 49 and every five years from age 50 to 64. The roadshow starts on June 18 and will offer information on spotting the signs of cervical cancer and how to reduce risk.