A creative campaign has been launched to encourage women to attend cervical cancer screening tests.

The drive aimed at women aged 25 to 35 on behalf of NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government aims to highlight the importance of attending routine smear tests and confronting the barriers that put women off doing so.

A short film entitled Flower has been produced as part of the campaign, which challenges women to "stop fannying about" and "nip cancer in the bud".

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Six women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Scotland every week and the film urges them not to ignore their next smear invite or to arrange a re-test if it was missed in the past.

Officials say a five-minute smear is the best way to protect women from the disease and helps save about 5,000 lives every year in the UK.

Lisa Maher, 30, from Glasgow, credits the test with saving her life after being diagnosed and successfully treated in 2011 after abnormal cells were found.

The mother-of-two said: "I was trying for a baby when I was diagnosed and it's thanks to cervical screening that I've been able to go on and have my two beautiful children.

"If I hadn't gone for my smear test when I did, my story could've been very different.

"It's really vital we get people talking about cervical screening again, because the smear test can be a life-saver."

Christine Paterson, practice nurse at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: "No-one looks forward to a smear appointment, but I want to reassure women that we're trained to make the test go as smoothly as possible.

"I've done hundreds of smear tests and afterwards, most women - especially those that it's their first time - are surprised by how quickly it's all over.

"Of course, it can be nerve-wracking, but there's no such thing as a silly question, that's what we're here for."