Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
22 - 28 January 2018
NHS England and Public Health England are supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week which runs from 22-28 January. The week aims to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and its role in preventing cancer, as well as encouraging women to go for their screening test when invited. It’s really important for women to understand the importance of attending cervical screening when they receive a letter from their GP as it can detect pre-cancer abnormalities, which, if left untreated, may develop into cancer. Screening is for people without symptoms as a preventative measure.
The screening test is relatively simple, takes about five minutes and is performed by the practice nurse at the GP surgery. 95% of results will be normal and of those that aren’t, the vast majority can be treated very easily and will never develop into cancer.
We urge women who may have received a letter and decided not to attend to reconsider and make an appointment – it really is very quick, it could prevent you needing more invasive treatment later on and could ultimately save your life.
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