Under consideration PE2088: Help eliminate cervical cancer through improved and at home HPV testing

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to help eliminate cervical cancer for woman and those with a cervix in Scotland by introducing at home HPV (human papillomavirus) self-sampling to enhance the smear testing programme, helping to increase the uptake and accessibility of smear testing.

Background information

While I was going through treatment for cervical cancer, I started to look into the smear programme and how we could improve it in Scotland to make smear testing easier and more accessible.

The uptake is at an all-time low and we need a testing programme that catches the disease at a pre-cancerous stage, helping woman and those with a cervix avoid harsh, life-changing cancer treatments. The Minister for Public Health & Women's Health Jenni Minto supports this.
I previously started a petition on change.org, which has gained over 2200 signatures.

Monica Lennon MSP shared my story during a debate on Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2023.

I contributed to the discussion on cervical cancer prevention at the CPG on Women’s Health meeting on 25 January 2023.

  • Created by Emma Keyes
  • Considered from 5 March 2024
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