Fife MSP calls for cervical cancer action

A Fife MSP has given her support to a week-long campaign aimed at ending cervical cancer.
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Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife is supporting Jo’s Cancer Trust as they call for action to be taken during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week which ran at the end of January.

Ms Baker said: “It is an opportunity to talk about the importance of cervical screening and HPV vaccines, and to support uptake.

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“Cervical screening attendance in Fife is 70.3%. Lower uptake among younger women and the gap in attendance between the most and least deprived groups also needs to be addressed.”

Samantha Dixon, chief executive at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said that eradicating cervical cancer “doesn’t have to be a pipe dream”.

She added: “We need Government action to get there as soon as possible, but everyone can play their part.

"Going for cervical screening when invited, and making sure your child is vaccinated against HPV, will help make cervical cancer a thing of the past.