A drop-in cervical testing session was held in Arbroath when more than 30 women had a smear test carried out.

Women over the age of 25 who were overdue or had never ever had a smear test had the ability to drop in to Arbroath Infirmary for the evening session to have their examination.

There was likewise an understanding stand throughout the day at Abbeygate mall where women were able to ask concerns as well as talk about any issues they may have concerning cervical smear examinations.

Lead colposcopist Dr Kalpana Ragupathy said: “Tayside has the greatest occurrence of cervical cancer cells in Scotland.”

“An irregular smear does not suggest cancer. It indicates a surface area change in the cells in the cervix that can possibly become cancer cells if left untreated.

“Precancerous adjustments precede cervical cancer cells by 10-15 years. Routine smear examinations grab these modifications as well as treatment lowers the threat of cervical cancer by 95%.”

Gynae cancer lead Dr Wendy McMullen added: “We realise that some females have particular problems with evaluation but it is so important that these women come for their smear tests and also follow up.

“It is so sad to see females living altering treatment for a cancer that might have been avoided by a 5 minute smear test as well as a half hr see to the facility.

“Please put it on your list for 2017.”

Picture shows several of the team at the Abbeygate shopping center.