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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018

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Last updated:17th Jan 2018
Published:17th Jan 2018
Source: Pharmawand


Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 will take place between Monday 22nd January and Sunday 28th January. The event runs annually to raise awareness and funds for research. The theme for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 is “Reduce your risk”.

Cervical cancer can be prevented but almost half a million young women aged 25-29 did not attend cervical screening last year. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week aims to change this.

This means:
  • Attending cervical screening when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
  • Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
  • Knowing where to find support and further information

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is calling on the public to help them raise awareness of cervical screening by getting involved with their #SmearForSmear campaign

About Cervical Cancer:

According to the European Society for Medical Oncology, cervical cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death among females in less developed countries.

The facts:
  • Every day in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer
  • Around 2 women lose their lives from the disease every day
  • Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35
  • 75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening (smear tests)
  • However, 1 in 4 women do not attend this potentially life-saving test


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