There has been a rise in the number of people requesting private smear tests to detect the early signs of cervical cancer, a private hospital provider has revealed.
Spire Healthcare has noticed an increase in women seeking advice on gynaecological health across its 36 hospitals.
The private hospital provider offers screens and consultations and women can receive their results within five days.
Many women use the service to complement the NHS cervical cancer screening programme, which invites women for a screening appointment every three to five years.
Tim Broadhead, consultant gynaecologist at Spire Leeds Hospital, noted that the proportion of 25 to 30-year-olds attending their NHS cervical screening appointments has fallen in recent years.
"However, such screening is extremely important and it is encouraging to see more women actively seeking testing and being responsible for their gynaecological wellbeing," he continued.
"The recent increase in enquiries and appointments demonstrates just how women are taking cervical screening more seriously than ever before and the message about the importance being screened is getting heard."
Around 2,800 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK, according to Cancer Research UK.