Pulse is proud to support Cervical Cancer Prevention week
Every day in the UK, 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women lose their lives to the disease. 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening; however 1 in 4 women do not attend this potentially life-saving test – which is the most advanced process for preventing cervical cancer in the world.
The aim of Cervical Cancer Prevention week is to raise awareness of how important it is for women to attend their cervical screening. Women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years, and women aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every five years.
Attending a cervical screening is nothing to be scared of and takes no longer than 10 minutes in total. At your appointment you will with first sit down with a nurse who will explain the process – they will then take a small sample of cells from the cervix. The sample is then sent away to be checked under a microscope for abnormalities.
You will then receive a letter with your screen results. Most abnormal results are caused by an infection or the presence of treatable precancerous cells, rather than cancer itself - an abnormal cervical screening test doesn't mean you definitely have cancer but it can be a worrying time. If you do have abnormal results, a second appointment will be made to review this. The good news is that 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by screenings, which is why it’s so important you attend and to encourage your friends and family to do the same.
If you’re 25-49 you should receive a letter confirming when your screening appointment is due. If you haven’t yet received anything and think you may be overdue for a screening, please contact your GP for appointment – it could save your life.