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A study found 3.7 million women are failing to attend the preventative examination, while the UK now has one of the worst survival rates of cervical cancer in the developed world.

The research, carried out by cancer charity Jo’s Trust, discovered a third of 25 – 29 year olds are not attending screening and overall a quarter of all women – 3.7 million – are failing to.

Cases of cervical cancer, which led to the high profile death of Big Brother star Jade Goody in 2009, are also the highest since 1999, with three women dying every day from the disease

Adeola Olaitan, consultant gynaecologist at University College London said: “Part of the problem is that for so many women having a screen is inconvenient and may mean they have to miss half a day of work to do it when essentially they feel well.

“Women put it off and put it off, until before you know it, a year has gone by. Most cervical cancer cases are preventable. I would urge all eligible women to get regular screening tests.”

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