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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22-28 January 2018

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The theme for Cervical Cancer Prevention week in 2018 is “Reduce your Risk”.

Jade Goody, Reality TV Star, lost her life at the young age of 27 in 2009, following her death NHS data showed the number of women attending their test increased by 12%, with charities describing it at the time as her “lasting legacy”.

Unfortunately, it has been highly reported in the media the impact of Jade Goody's diagnosis and death in 2009 on the Cervical Screening Programme is no longer working. NHS data shows the number of young women attending their cervical cancer smear test has declined despite more than half (52%) of cervical cancer cases in the UK each year are occurring in women aged under 45.

Cervical cancer can be prevented and with your help, we can ensure that every young woman is aware they can reduce their risk of the disease and the methods they should be taking to look after their health.

How to “reduce your risk”

Attend cervical cancer screening when invited by your GP.
Being aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking GP advice if experiencing any
Accepting the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
Talk to friends and family to ensure they know how they can “reduce their risk”

How does Cervical Screening “reduce my risk”?

Regular cervical screening can prevent cervical cancer by highlighting abnormal cell changes in the cervix. These changes could lead to cancer if left untreated. Cervical screening is available for women between the ages of 25 to 64. However, if you are below 25 and notice any of the common symptoms please attend your GP immediately for advice.

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