Some 116 women died of the condition last year compared to 88 in 2015
Some 116 women died of the condition last year compared to 88 in 2015. The last time the death rate was even higher was in 2005.
New statistics also confirmed over a quarter of women living north of the Border are ignoring invitations to regular check-ups with only 69 per cent those eligible screened by the end of last March.
The number of women diagnosed with the disease jumped to 385 in 2014 compared to 318 the year before and just 304 in 2012 making it the highest since 1993.
We have one of the best cervical screening programmes in the world saving approximately 5,000 lives every year
Last night Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said it was particularly concerned about women aged 25 to 29 as they were the least likely to attend a screening with one in three ignoring the invitation.
Majority of the women who admitted to delaying or not attending an appointment said they’d prefer to self-test at home while others said they’d be more likely to take part if they could choose the GP practice closer to work or simply attend a walk-in session at a sexual clinic.
The charity warned that incidence rates had dramatically increased it this age bracket and in women aged 30 to 34 and admitted it was concerned not enough is being done to encourage women to go for screening.
Reality TV star Jade Goody was only 27 when she died of the condition in March 2009
Robert Music, the trust’s chief executive, said a freedom of information requests to Scottish health boards showed five NHS areas of the nation’s 14 had taken no activity to increase attendance levels in the last two years.
He added: “We have one of the best cervical screening programmes in the world saving approximately 5,000 lives every year.
“However, at a time when the number attending in Scotland is at a 10-year low, we need to see increased investment in targeted awareness campaigns to encourage women to take up their invitation for cervical screening and not delay attending.
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Every woman in Scotland between 25 and 64 years is invited to be screened every three years
“We are extremely supportive of the new advertising campaign, which NHS Scotland is launching later in 2017, and hope this will help increase awareness.
“Cervical screening prevents 70 per cent of cervical cancers from developing and if we do not prioritise prevention and increase investment in prevention we will end up with more women facing the physical and psychological cost of cervical cancer, increased burden on the NHS and state, and more lives lost.”
The charity said that a survey of more than 3,000 women showed there is still a lack of awareness of the telltale symptoms of the condition with one in five unable to recognise any of them and only 51 per cent knowing that the most common one, bleeding outside of periods, could be serious.
There was also confusion over the role of smear tests with less than half of those quizzed knowing it was done to look for pre-cancerous cells.
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Just 23 per cent of the women surveyed realised that being overweight increased the risk of cervical cancer.
The majority of the cases are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and although there is an HPV vaccine even those who have been inoculated should attend screenings.
Reality TV star Jade Goody was only 27 when she died of the condition in March 2009.
The mother-of-two did not suspect she was seriously ill after years of abnormal tests and refused to attend scheduled appointments after she was told she could not have any more children.
Last night the Scottish Government said it was "vital" that all women attended their regular screening appointments.
Just 23 per cent of the women surveyed realised that being overweight increased risk of cancer
Health Secretary Shona Robison added: "We know that cervical screening reduces cases of cervical cancer and deaths. It saves around 5,000 lives in the UK every year and prevents eight out of 10 cervical cancers from developing.
"Every woman in Scotland between 25 and 64 years of age is invited to be screened for cervical cancer every three years.
“It is disappointing that uptake has dropped but we are responding with investment of £5 million of funding from the Cancer Strategy to reduce inequalities in access to screening. We will also shortly be launching a new, hard-hitting awareness raising campaign on cervical cancer screening to help improve uptake.”
*Cervical Cancer Prevention Week starts today