Get tested during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – Jo

Local MP Jo Swinson is highlighting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (CCPW) from the 19-25 January 2014. The week aims to increase understanding of cervical cancer and ways to prevent it.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer amongst young women in the UK and Europe. Nearly three women a day in the UK will die from cervical cancer whilst each year around 2,800 women are newly diagnosed.

Commenting Jo said:

“I am delighted to highlight European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and raise awareness to help save more lives.

“Cervical cancer in the UK is a largely preventable disease thanks to the UK’s National Cervical Screening and HPV vaccination programme.

“Screenings save 5,000 lives a year yet one in five women who are eligible for screening do not take up their invitation and for young women aged 25-29 this rises to one in three. This is why raising public awareness of cervical cancer prevention is more necessary than ever

“I would urge local women to pledge to attend cervical screenings and encourage family and friends to do the same.”

Further information

  1. You will be invited for a cervical screening every 3 to 5 years dependent on your age. In Scotland screening begins at 20 and ends at 60.
  2. Tips for attending a cervical screening:
  • First time or nervous? Tell the sample taker
  • Worried about discomfort? Ask the sample taker to use a smaller speculum
  • Feeling embarrassed? Wear a skirt as you can keep this on during the test
  • Try to relax and distract your mind
  • Not sure what to expect? Call our helpline (0808 802 8000).

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