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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week  24th - 30th January 2016

The focus of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (CCPW) is on all things to do with cervical cancer including information about symptoms and causes of the disease, ways to prevent it.

Please follow this link for further information: http://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week

Cervical cancer is unique among cancers in that it is largely preventable, yet it still affects around 3,000 women each year. Screening can allow for almost all cervical cancers to be detected and treated before they have a chance to develop. But cervical screening does not have the take-up that it should – and in the past ten years there has been a long, slow decline in the screening coverage. This has led to an increase in the detection rates of more advanced cervical cancer. The number of women attending for their cervical screening appointment in Bath & North East Somerset is below the national average and we know that women aged 25-29 are least likely to have a test.

Early detection of cervical abnormalities is vital in increasing survival rates. Education, alongside the promotion of the NHS CSP to encourage women to attend for cervical screening can really make a difference. 

What is cervical screening?

Cervical screening is not a test for diagnosing cervical cancer. It is a test to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb (often called the neck of the womb).

For many women the test results show that everything is fine. But for around one in 20 women, the test shows changes in cells that can be caused by many things. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer.

Cervical screening is also introducing testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain types of HPV can cause abnormal changes in the cervix.

What is the NHS Cervical Screening Programme?

The programme makes sure that if you are aged between 25 and 64, you will automatically receive an invitation. We will get your name from your doctor’s list. This means it is important that your doctor always has your correct name and address.

After your first cervical screen, you will receive invitations every three years between the ages of 25 and 49. You will then be invited every five years between the ages of 50 and 64.

If you have previously refused or if you are overdue a cervical smear test, simply contact your GP practice to book an appointment. Women not registered with a GP practice, or prefer not to have screening at their local surgery, can have their cervical screening test at a Well Women Clinic or contraception and sexual health CaSH Clinic. The Family Planning Association has an online postcode finder to help you find your nearest clinic at www.fpa.org.uk/findaclinic

 To find out more about the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme visit:

http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/publications/public-resources.html

 

 

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