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Cancer screening rates 'declining', charity worries

Jo's Trust

A cancer charity has revealed that it is concerned that women are not attending their regular cervical cancer screenings.

Robert Music, director of Jo's Trust charity, said: "Speaking to experts involved in cervical screening it looks as if these numbers are coming down dramatically, perhaps almost to levels before Jade was diagnosed."

His comments come a year after the death of reality TV star Jade Goody from the cancer.

Ms Goody's death brought the disease into the headlines and at the same time, between 2008 and 2009, the number of eligible women attending screenings rose by around 12 per cent.

Mr Music is concerned that this number is now beginning to decline, which could mean fewer lives are saved.

According to the trust, cervical screening is saving the lives of around 4,500 women a year.

With 2,800 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed each year in Britain, the screening process could make a significant difference to survival rates.

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Cancer treatment news : 25 March 2010