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‘The Smear Test Film’ is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Women with learning disabilities are 45% less likely to attend cervical screening compared to women without learning disabilities. This film has been made to help address those inequalities and to help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation. It has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities and aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer.
It is a resource that can help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.