To mark the European Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2017, Europe Direct, Sligo organised a public talk on the subject at Sligo Library.
Mayor Marie Casserly attended and the speakers were Dr. Caroline Tansey and Dr Fiona Ginty, GP's at Wine Street Medical Centre, Sligo.
93 women died last year from the disease and there are over 300 new cases each year.
The message was that the disease is almost fully preventable if women avail of the excellent and Free screening programme available in every GP practice or Family Planning Clinic.
Register on www.cervicalcheck.ie or by ringing freephone 1800 45 45 55, once registered this will activate a recall system that invites women to attend every 3 years from 25- 49 years and every 5 years from 50-60 years.
It can take up to 10 years for cervical cancer to develop so regular screening is an opportunity to pick up early precancerous abnormalities and treat them, so cancer never develops.The body's immune system will itself heal some early smears changes and stopping smoking can assist the body greatly in this regard.
So girls get along to your GP clinic and take control of this cancer risk.
Photo:Dr.Fiona Ginty, Brenda Cawley, Sligo Library, Marie Casserly, Dr.Caroline Tansey