Do you know how cervical cancer can be prevented? During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we want as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others.
When? Monday 21 – Sunday 27 January 2019
Where? You can raise awareness, fundraise or campaign in your local community, at home, school, university, your GP surgery or hospital. Read on to find out how you can get involved!
How can you reduce your risk of cervical cancer?
We want to ensure all women and people with a cervix know how cervical cancer can be prevented. This means:
· Attending cervical screening when invited
· Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
· Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
· Knowing where to find support and further information
The number of people going to cervical screening (a smear test) is lower than ever. Together we can encourage and empower more women and people with a cervix to take up their invitation.
How to get involved
It’s simple! During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, join us and post a #SmearForSmear selfie on social media. It might be the reminder someone needs to book their appointment, and with 1.2 million people not going to this potentially lifesaving test this year, it’s more important than ever.
What are the symptoms?
· Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods
· Post menopausal bleeding: if you are not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have stopped it for six weeks or more
· Unusual vaginal discharge
· Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
· Lower back pain
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms or are concerned about any new symptom you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible. You should report these symptoms even if you have recently had a cervical screening (smear test) that came back normal. Remember, these symptoms can be associated with many other conditions that are not cancer related.