A BARROW GP has called for woman across Furness to take part in Cervical Screening Awareness Week.

Dr Sarah Arun, of Norwood Medical Centre, said: “Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, it is a test to help prevent cancer.

“We test for potentially harmful cells, which can turn into cancer and if we find them action is taken to prevent them from developing.”

Dr Arun spoke about how women could have body confidence issues which stops them from attending, which is coupled with embarrassment about coming to their cervical screening.

She said: “The nurses who carry out the cervical screenings see hundreds of women and will always do their best to make you feel welcome, comfortable and ensure your dignity is maintained. Your practice nurse is specifically trained to do this so please speak to them if you have any issues. It’s five minutes that could save your life.”