19th January, 2022
Did you know that one in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening? It’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week this week, and we want to do our bit to raise awareness.
Some facts about cervical cancer:
Each year around 220,000 are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening or are given a HPV diagnosiswhich provides an opportunity for further tests and preventative treatment.
In England, the Cervical Screening Programme is still inviting people for cervical screening. GP surgeries and some sexual health clinics are also doing cervical screening. If you have had your invitation, you can contact your GP surgery to book an appointment.
If you are not able to book an appointment yet because your GP can’t provide an appointment, you can:
There is a wealth of information to help you with what to expect and how to make things easier during the pandemicwhen booking for and attending a cervical screening test here.
You can read about others’ personal experiences with cervical screening, cell changes and cancer diagnosis here.
There are many reasons that a cervical screening test may be difficult for some people, ranging from embarrassment and body image to previous trauma.
Information regarding cervical screening can be found here, including what to expect and different things you can do to help make the experience as comfortable as possible. If you would like to find out more, there is a support forum where you can ask others about their experiences, an ask the expert section and a helpline here.
Time can simply slip by when life gets busy. If that’s the case for you, this is your nudge to make that appointment.
Cervical screening is a preventative test and not one to make a diagnosis.
Symptoms of cervical cancer can include:
If you are experiencing symptoms that are worrying you, don’t hesitate to call your GP.
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