Women 'embarrassed' about cervical cancer screenings

Women over 50 who are concerned about the risk posed by cervical cancer should not let discomfort over the testing procedure prevent them from taking the necessary precautions against the disease.

Research from cancer group Macmillan showed that there were nearly two million current or former cancer patients living in the UK in 2008, with 60.5 per cent of those over the age of 65.

Moreover, a study published in the British Journal of Cancer last month emphasised that although over 50s are generally less susceptible to cervical cancer than other groups, the continuing risk means that testing remains essential.

A spokesperson for sexual health expert Marie Stopes International stated that women should not let any mental stigmas about the screening process prevent them from attending.

She said: "It is nothing to be embarrassed about. It's more important that women go and have the test and they shouldn't be concerned about it."

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