As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 8th Feb, Stephanie and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are raising awareness about how women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer.
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 one day become a disease of the past.
Cervical screening (smear tests) 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. It is at just 71.4%, meaning that more than one in four women are not booking a potentially life-saving test.
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.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“Cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers developing, so it is worrying to hear that so many women are not attending this test when invited, particularly due to embarrassment.
“I’m delighted to have worked with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust over Cervical Cancer Prevention Week to help raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening.”