This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week (10-16th June), and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is encouraging people to attend their smear test in order to prevent cervical cancer.
Cervical screening (a smear test) is a test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It identifies people who have a higher risk of developing it, so they can get the care they need. In the UK, anyone with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 is invited for cervical screening. People aged 25 to 49 are invited every 3 years and people aged 50 to 64 are invited every 5 years.
Around 220,000 women are diagnosed with cell changes every year in the UK following a smear test. Treatment for cell changes, given to prevent development of cervical cancer, is highly successful and 80% treated will not experience a recurrence.
For more information about how to book a cervical screening visit; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/how-to-book/ or if you have any questions go to; https://www.jostrust.org.uk/faq/cervical-screening