Next week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22 – 28 January) so this is a great opportunity to promote the key messages of cervical screening and reinforce the local campaign.
The ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign is a joint initiative between NHS England, Middlesbrough Council and other partners. It has been developed based on what real women in the local area are telling the campaign is important to them and by talking to local women to find out the reasons why many aren’t attending their routine screening test.
Cervical screening is also known as a smear test. It is not a test for cancer but it is a test to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb – just like you would go to the dentist to check the health of your teeth and gums.
It is a simple test which involves taking a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix to check everything is normal and healthy.
Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing in the UK, yet one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited.
Not going for cervical screening is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cervical cancer.
More information about the local campaign can be found at the website www.screeningsaveslives.co.uk