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20 January 2014, 06:24 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
New research shows 6 in 10 women in their mid 20s in the North East aren't going for smear tests.
The figures from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust (JCCT) also show almost a third of women in the UK don't know the cause of cervical cancer.
Around 3 women die of cervical cancer each day in the UK.
Screening saves 5,000 lives a year, yet one in five women who are eligible for screening do not take up their invitation.
The research from JCCT of 2,021 women across the UK from the first (25-29 years) and last (60-64 years) age groups eligible for screening found over half (55%) did not know the sexually transmitted Human Papillomavirus (HPV), caused the disease.
It is estimated that early detection and treatment through screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers but, on average, 25-29 year olds delay testing for 15 months.
|North East||Percentage of 25-29 year olds|
|Kept putting off their test||60% (Highest in the UK)|
|Worried it could be painful||45% (Highest in the UK)|
|Worried it would be embarrassing||45% (Second highest in the UK)|
|A friend reassuring them would
encourage them to go
|Forgot all about it||15%|
|Number of people who delayed
going for the test
|Average time of delay
|Didn't know the HPV virus caused
|Didn't know the cause of cervical
|45% (Highest in the UK)|
|Worried about what the results
|5% (Lowest in the UK)|
|Had a bad experience||10% (Highest in the UK)|
|Thought cervical cancer was