MP backs Wallington and Carshalton MP Tom Brake is supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK, yet it is one of the only cancers that can be prevented and could become a disease of the past.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are raising awareness about how women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer through cervical screening tests (smear tests). They are the best protection against the disease, followed by the HPV vaccine offered in schools, yet cervical screening uptake is at a 21-year low in England at just 71.4%.
This week Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has published new research which has found young women who delay or don’t go for cervical screening feel scared (71%), vulnerable (75%) and embarrassed (81%) at the thought of going. A worrying two thirds (67%) say they would not feel in control at the prospect of a test.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s smear test awareness campaign SmearForSmear is running during the week
Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said:
“We are delighted to have Tom Brake MP’s support to help raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening. Smear tests provide the best protection against cervical cancer yet we know they aren’t always easy. We want women to feel comfortable talking to their nurse and asking questions. It’s not making a fuss and there are many ways to make the test easier. Please don’t let your fears stop you booking a test.”
The majority (99.7%) of cervical cancers are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which causes changes to the cervical cells.
220,000 UK women are diagnosed with cervical abnormalities each year.
Over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 890 women lose their lives every year.
Around 5 million UK women are invited to cervical screening each year yet one in four do not attend.
Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years and women aged 50-64 are invited every five years.