Cervical Screening Awareness Week (8-14 June 2014)

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by admin on Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:06 pm

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (8-14 June 2014)

Jade Goody's legacy was to raise awareness of cervical cancer among younger women - but have we learned enough?

Next week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week but over the last 10 years there has been a downturn in the number of women being screened. In the UK over 20% of women still fail to attend cervical screening when invited. This is a shocking statistic!

For women of all ages, the best way of reducing your risk of developing cervical cancer is regular screening.

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by a common sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV) which most women have at some time but usually clears up on its own. If the infection doesn't clear up there is a risk of abnormal cells developing which could become cervical cancer over time.

With over 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer being diagnosed each year, it's important that ALL women attend when called up for cervical screening.

More information about cervical screening awareness week can be found here - http://bit.ly/cervical_screening

You may also like to read this fact sheet which tells you all you need to know about what happens during a cervical screening visit - http://bit.ly/cervical_screening_factsheet
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