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Young Women Urged To Go For Cervical Screening

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9:38am 13th June 2012

Young women in Weymouth will be told why they should make sure they go for cervical screening today.

The Dorset Cancer Network say they've seen a decline in the number of 25 to 29's going for the free test which can save your life.

They've now launched a new campaign using IT and social media to encourage more women to get screened, and will be in Weymouth today to spread the message.

Cases of cervical cancer have been on the rise since 1990.

Sarah Austin Dorset Cancer Network, Health inclusion Project Manager, said "We want women to develop the habit of going for screening; and with this campaign we are asking local women to consider the benefits - asking them to consider YGO - 'Why go for your screen?'.

Dorset Cancer Network has worked closely with colleagues in Public Health (Screening); Sexual Health Services (CASH) and staff in oncology and gynaecology services throughout Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole".  

A dedicated YGO micro site attached to the NHS Dorset website is designed to signpost women to local information and encourages them to notify their friends via pre-printed postcards, links through social media including facebook and twitter, and with email.

YGO will go live on the 11th June during National cervical screening awareness week (10th - 16th June).  Members of the team will be handing out postcards, business cards and displaying posters in Weymouth square on 13 June and the Sovereign centre in Boscombe 15 June. The team will also be visiting beauty salons / nail / hair / children's groups / leisure centres and the GP practices in these areas - aiming to reach the highest number of the 25 - 29 year old women.

Sarah Austin concludes "Once the site goes live at www.dorset.nhs.uk/ygo we would welcome any comments and feedback from local women, drop by the site and leave your comments we'd love to hear from you".

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