Cervical Screening Awareness
We want to raise awareness of such an important health issue and make everyone realise that this health check is an absolute must.
We’re supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust because we want you to have all the facts about this potentially life-saving test. Did you know almost one in three women and people with a cervix don’t take up their invite for a cervical smear test? We want to change that, and you can help!
It’s simple, share your tips, experiences and help break down some of the confusion and anxiety that exists around the test.
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"If I hadn't gone for that test things could have been so different"
It’s hard to recall all the details of what happened, it all happened so fast and I think part of my coping mechanism was just to get through it without thinking about it too much. There’s so much jargon too, all the different treatments had different names, I still can’t remember it all now.
I had put off smear tests for a while, not for any big reason, I just didn’t go. When I went the test was so straightforward, the idea is probably worse than the actual thing. It wasn’t painful and you’re with an expert. I knew friends went for smear tests but never really about anyone who had abnormal cells definitely not cervical cancer.
I received a letter around 2 weeks later saying they weren’t able to get a clear reading and so I went again and afterwards was told I needed to go for a colposcopy as they had found abnormal cells.
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What to expect from Cervical Screening
When the invitation to attend Cervical screening (smear test) pops through the letterbox you may experience a sense of trepidation or even fear. It's important to note that Cervical screening is a preventative measure.
It's not a test for cancer, it's a test to help prevent cancer.
All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.
Click here for information from the NHS