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Cancer screening 'needs employer flexibility'

Jo's Trust

Employers need to be flexible about screening appointments for cervical cancer.

 

This is according to recent research conducted by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, which revealed that women are being prevented from making appointments due to working conditions.

 

Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives every year, according to the charity, but 39 per cent of women have missed or delayed their appointments because it wasn't easy to leave work in order to get to the doctor.

 

A further 26 per cent questioned said that they would be more likely to attend if their company was more flexible about things and they were not required to take holiday for an appointment.

 

Robert Music, director of the cancer trust, commented: "The results of this survey shows there is still much to do and we call on employers and GPs to think creatively about how they will ensure women are given every opportunity to attend screening when invited.

"When you consider that approaching 14 million women in the UK are in full or part-time employment the potential impact employers' lack of flexibility could be having on women's health is huge."

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Cancer treatment news : 23 January 2011