CARMARTHENSHIRE Assembly Member Adam Price last week sponsored the Cervical Screening Awareness Week to highlight the potential life-saving benefits of cervical screening.
Cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing and saves an estimated 5,000 deaths across the UK each year.
However, one in four women does not attend when invited.
During the Cervical Screening Awareness Week, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK's only charity for women affected by cervical cancer and anomalies, warned that more needs to be done to help women gain access to a screening appointment.
The charity is calling for a greater choice of GP scheduling times, improved access to sexual health services and innovation, including the introduction of self-assessment.
Cervical cancer screening is widely performed in family practices with five million women being invited each year in the UK.
However, recent research by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has found that one in eight women find it difficult or even impossible to make an appointment. 7.4% of women were told that the last time they tried to book, there were no appointments available at their family practice.
Adam Price AM said, "I am pleased to support the efforts to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the work of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
"It is extremely alarming that more than one in four women are not participating in cervical screening.
"One of the reasons is that many women find it difficult to make an appointment that suits them, and I support Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust to do so."
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said, "We are pleased to be supported by Adam Price.
"Despite cervical screening, which protects against 75% of all cervical cancer cases, one in four women is absent.
"Our research shows that access to cervical screening in the UK is uneven and inconsistent and needs to change.
"We have a free helpline that women can call when they have questions about cervix screening, no question is too big or too small.
"We want all women to feel that they can make an informed decision when participating in this potentially life-saving test."