Cervical Screening Awareness Week runs from 14 June 2021 to 20 June 2021 and aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of regular cervical screening for women.
Did you know?
- In the United Kingdom, cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under 35.
- Most cervical cancers are caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV). If the body is unable to clear HPV, there is a risk of abnormal cells developing which could become cancerous.
- On average, there are around 3,200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer every year.
- On average, two women in the United Kingdom die every day from cervical cancer.
- Regular cervical screening can prevent up to 75% cases of cervical cancer, saving 4,000 – 5,000 lives per year.
Despite this, many women are reluctant to undergo cervical screening with a quarter of women not responding to screening invitations.
John Butler, Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon says:
“When found early, cervical cancer is highly treatable and associated with high survival rates so raising awareness of symptoms, encouraging cervical screening attendance and noticing any changes which are unusual for you and your body is vital.”
The medical negligence team at Bell Lax Solicitors urges all women to have regular cervical screening and respond to screening invitations.
- A smear test takes 5 – 10 minutes.
- The impact of cervical cancer can be life changing.
- Early detection is key to improving your chances of survival.
- Cervical screening can save your life.
Regular cervical screening can prevent cancer or potentially lead to a timely diagnosis and better outcome.
Thousands of women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. If you or a loved one have concerns regarding a diagnosis of cervical cancer, contact our medical negligence team for helpful advice on 0121 355 0011.