New ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign
8th March 2019
Are you or someone you know overdue a smear test?
A new campaign has launched to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and highlight the benefits of screening, reminding women that cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts.
The Public Health England campaign, which launched on 5th March, encourages all women to act on their cervical screening invitation letter and book an appointment with their GP if they missed their last one.
For women aged 25-64, regular screening can help stop cervical cancer before it starts by preventing potentially harmful cells from developing. It’s estimated to save around 5,000 lives each year, so it’s really important to go for the test if eligible.
Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. It lasts about five minutes and you only have to go once every three or five years depending on your age. That’s five minutes that could save your life.
The ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign empowers women with the knowledge and tools to get screened. Here are some tips you can follow to make the test more comfortable and help put you at ease:
- Talk to your nurse – they are trained and experienced in how to make your test comfortable.
- Wear a loose skirt or dress, you may feel more covered during your appointment.
- Take a friend or family member with you if it will help you feel more at ease.
Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts. So don’t ignore your invite. If you missed your last one, book an appointment with your GP practice today.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening
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