To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23 January), North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising awareness of cervical screening, and potential results, and encouraging women and people with a cervix not to ignore their invitation.
Cervical screening isn’t always easy, and with COVID it can be even harder. North Tyneside CCG is encouraging sharing of tips and experiences to help others feel more able to attend.
However cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop at screening. 220,000 women and people with a cervix every year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more given a HPV diagnosis. This can mean more tests and treatments, and for some it can be an incredibly hard time.
By sharing stories and tips during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week the aim is to make those facing an unexpected result know they aren’t alone.
North Tyneside CCG medical director, Dr Alexandra Kent said: “It’s really important women of all ages take up the offer of cervical screening whether they have any problems or not. And if they do have problems, they should contact their GP as soon as they are aware something is not quite right, as early diagnose of cervical cancer can help save lives.”
Samantha Dixon, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: “We want everyone to have the support and facts they need to access cervical screening and deal with an unexpected result. Cervical screening can help stop cervical cancer before it starts so it’s an incredibly important test. Help raise awareness by sharing your story this week and show others they aren’t alone”