19th January, 2022
It’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week this week. Did you know that one in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening?
Here are some facts about cervical cancer:
Around 220,000 people a year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening or are given a HPV diagnosis which provides an opportunity for further tests and preventative treatment.
The Cervical Screening Programme in England is still inviting people for cervical screening. GP surgeries and some sexual health clinics are doing cervical screening. If you have had your invitation, you can contact your GP surgery to book an appointment.
Your GP surgery may not be able to offer you a cervical screening appointment straight away. If you are not able to book an appointment yet, you can:
There is a wealth of information to help you with what to expect and how to make things easier during the pandemic when booking for and attending a cervical screening test here.
If you would like to learn more, 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.
You can find out all of the information you might need regarding cervical screening 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.
For some people, 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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