Chester’s local Labour candidate Chris Matheson is calling for more ambitious cervical cancer screening targets following a national review

Chris, the defending Labour candidate in Chester, is pressing ahead with his long-standing campaign for a change in the law covering cervical cancer smear tests.

He has welcomed a report led by Sir Mike Richards, the NHS’ first cancer director, which calls for screening to be made more accessible to fit it with busy lives.

Chris said: “Following a positive meeting with Sir Mike Richards in Parliament I am delighted that his review included particular focus on cervical cancer screening,including plans to put on extra evening and weekend appointments for cervical and other cancer checks but I believe the review does not go far enough.

“Cervical cancer smear tests need to be made more accessible to women under the age of 25.

“Women with symptoms or a history of cervical cancer should be given a smear test – it is as simple as that – but current rules restrict women under 25 or between routine smears requesting a smear test.

“There is no doubt that screening provides the best protection from cancer, particularly for at-risk women.

“We know that cervical cancer is the most common cancer among young women.

“These strict rules need to be relaxed to allow samples from under 25s to be examined if a GP requests it.

“Our young women should be afforded the protection that cervical screening has been shown to provide.”

Chris has been working closely with the Smear on Demand campaign, joining local campaigner Lucy Jones and others to raise awareness about the dangers of being denied a cervical smear test.

He has been calling for an independent review of the evidence used to rationalise an increase in the age limit for a smear test from 20 to 25.

He said: “I am determined to secure a change of the law so that women under 25 or between route smear tests can access cervical cancer screening when they need
it.

Chris has raised the issue of cervical cancer smear tests in Parliament on a number of occasions.

He used a Question to the Prime Minister to highlight the problem, he spoke about the subject in a Westminster Hall debate and has raised the issue with health ministers.

He said: “We are not going to give up on this fight. Lucy and I look forward to meeting the Director of Screening for Public Health England to present her informed and extensive research, demonstrating the need for change to the restrictive cervical cancer screening guidelines.”

“This change could save lives and I won’t give up.”.

Chris Matheson, the Chester’s local Labour candidate, is pressing ahead with his long-standing campaign for a change in the law covering cervical cancer smear tests.

He has welcomed a report led by Sir Mike Richards, the NHS’ first cancer director, which calls for screening to be made more accessible to fit it with busy lives.

Chris said: “Following a positive meeting with Sir Mike Richards in Parliament I am delighted that his review included particular focus on cervical cancer screening,including plans to put on extra evening and weekend appointments for cervical and other cancer checks but I believe the review does not go far enough.

“Cervical cancer smear tests need to be made more accessible to women under the age of 25.

“Women with symptoms or a history of cervical cancer should be given a smear test – it is as simple as that – but current rules restrict women under 25 or between routine smears requesting a smear test.

“There is no doubt that screening provides the best protection from cancer, particularly for at-risk women.

“We know that cervical cancer is the most common cancer among young women.

“These strict rules need to be relaxed to allow samples from under 25s to be examined if a GP requests it.

“Young women should be afforded the protection that cervical screening has been shown to provide.”

Chris has been working closely with the Smear on Demand campaign, joining local campaigner Lucy Jones and others to raise awareness about the dangers of being denied a cervical smear test.

He has been calling for an independent review of the evidence used to rationalise an increase in the age limit for a smear test from 20 to 25.

He said: “I am determined to secure a change of the law so that women under 25 or between route smear tests can access cervical cancer screening when they need
it.

Chris has raised the issue of cervical cancer smear tests in Parliament on a number of occasions.

He used a Question to the Prime Minister to highlight the problem, he spoke about the subject in a Westminster Hall debate and has raised the issue with health ministers.

He said: “We are not going to give up on this fight. Lucy and I look forward to meeting the Director of Screening for Public Health England to present her informed and extensive research, demonstrating the need for change to the restrictive cervical cancer screening guidelines.”

“This change could save lives and I won’t give up.”.

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