NHS England has released data which confirms that 46% of women who have been screened for cervical cancer are having to wait over 2 weeks for their results.
This is worrying because it is already recognised that many women do not attend their cervical screening appointments and this may discourage them further.
Cervical screening is so important as not all women will experience symptoms. It also helps detect pre-cancerous cells so the cancer can be prevented before it has even started.
NHS England has confirmed it is working with hospitals to increase capacity and cut backlogs.
Almost half of women in England screened for cervical cancer are waiting more than the two-week target for their results.