It's Cervical Cancer Week

Posted: 24/01/2022

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, an important time to think about a cancer that affects over 3000 of us each year. 

 

As part of our partnership with Answer Cancer, we will be spreading the word and making sure that you all feel informed and empowered to make positive decisions about your health. 

 

So, what is cervical cancer? 

 

Cervical Cancer is mostly caused by an infection that contains a high-risk type of human papillomavirus (HPV).

 

Like with many diseases, there are lots of people who might be higher risk to getting cervical cancer however, anyone with a cervix could get cervical cancer, this includes trans and non-binary people with a cervix too. 

 

How can I reduce my chances? 

 

Thankfully, lots of important research has been conducted into cervical cancer and the experts have found two very easy ways of lowering your chance of cervical cancer. 

 

The first is being vaccinated with the HPV vaccine that you might have been offered when you were 12 or 13 at school. If you, or a loved one, missed the vaccine whilst at school you might be eligible for one for free up until your 25th birthday, find out more here. 

 

Another way you can lower your chances is by attending a regular cervical screening when you are invited to.  Women and people with cervixes are offered a screening between the ages of 25 and 64. It can help to find and treat any changes in the cervix before they turn into cancer so it really can save your life! 

 

I’m worried about cervical cancer, where can I get support? 

 

If you, or a loved one, are worried about the signs and symptoms or a diagnosis of cervical cancer, it’s always best to speak to your GP.

 

There are also lots of other places where you can seek advice and support. There are just a few examples below. 

 

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/ 

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ 

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/cervical-cancer

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