CERVICAL SCREENING AWARENESS WEEK – Monday 10th to Sunday 16th June
Our regular Presenter, Diana Thompson, would like to raise awareness of the National Cervical screening Awareness Week.
Cervical screening (a smear test) is the best protection against cervical cancer. It detects cell changes which, if untreated, could go on to develop into cancer. 220,000 women have an abnormal cervical screening result every year, but treatment is highly effective.
Screening for cervical cancer
The best way to be protected from cervical cancer is by attending cervical screening when invited. The NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites all women from the age of 25 to 64 to attend cervical screening. Women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every 5 years.
During cervical screening, a small sample of cells is taken from the cervix and checked under a microscope for abnormalities. An abnormal cervical screening test result does not mean that there is cancer. Most abnormal results are due to signs of HPV, the presence of treatable precancerous cells, or both, rather than cancer itself.
Women should be sent a letter confirming when it’s time for their screening appointment. Contact the GP if you think you may be overdue.
Cervical Screening awareness week
Cervical Screening Awareness Week has found some women diagnosed with cervical cell changes are not getting the information and support they need, with 1 in 5 not being informed about the potential side effects of treatment.
While many women who have treatment will have a straightforward and positive experience, that this is not the case for all women.
Support is needed in raising awareness, so there’s a voice for women’s experiences which will bring about change for the better.