Christina McKelvie MSP is urging women to take part in Cervical Cancer Prevention Week by having their smear test.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week takes place between 20th and 26th January and aims to shine a light on the importance of cervical screening. Having a cervical screening, also known as a smear test, can prevent 8 out of 10 cervical cancers from developing.

Women aged between 25 and 64 receive an invite to screening every 3 to 5 years. However despite the benefits of testing less than 80% of women take up their invitation across NHS Lanarkshire's area.

Commenting Christina said:

"Taking part in a screening can pick up problems before symptoms even develop, allowing early treatment to take place before issues start. 

"While cervical cancer normally affects women in their 30s and 40s it can affect women of any age, so older women should also take part when they are invited.

"Over 90% of us will get the all-clear from these tests but for others treatment can help prevent cancer from even developing in the first place. 

"Don't miss your chance. Accept your invitation when it comes. And don't hesitate to get in touch with your doctor if you see any symptoms in the meantime.