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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 20-26 January 2020
Posted on 23 Jan 2020
This week is the annual cervical cancer prevention week.
Smear tests aren’t always easy but they can prevent cervical cancer. This week join #SmearForSmear to help @JoTrust smear the myths and get the facts out: jostrust.org.uk/smearforsmear.
The lifetime risk of developing cervical cancer is 1/139 for women in the UK. Cervical cancer incidence decreased by nearly half between the late 1980s until the early 2000s, but the last decade has seen an increase in rates in younger women. The most effective form of prevention is regular screening along with HPV immunisation from age 12.
Cervical cancer can be prevented by:
• Attending cervical screening when invited https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/
• Knowing the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if they experience:
o Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods
o Post-menopausal bleeding
o Unusual vaginal discharge
o Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
o Lower back pain
• Receiving the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/hpv-human-papillomavirus-vaccine/
• Knowing where to find support and further information https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-support
Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25-49 every 3 years and to women aged 50-64 every 5 years.
Women can contact their GP practice for further information or to book an appointment.