Cervical Screening Awareness Week
Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) is a UK-wide initiative and runs from 8-14 June this year. The week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening (smear) and how having regular screenings can help to prevent cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer in the under-35s. Every day in the UK 8 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women lose their lives to the disease. Cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme.
Despite these facts, uptake of cervical screening is unfortunately dropping year on year; 1 in 5 women who are eligible (22%) do not attend their scheduled cervical screening appointments and for young women aged 25-29, this rises to one in three. Hence why raising public awareness is so important.
Public knowledge and understanding of issues such as cervical screening, the causes of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer and treatment is generally low. Early detection is key in increasing survival rates and so education on its symptoms and ways to prevent it is a priority. Cervical Screening Awareness Week provides us with an opportunity to do just that.
Recent research from Cancer Research UK has suggested that screenings are important even in the later years of a woman's life. Professor Peter Sasieni, Cancer Research UK’s expert on cervical screening, said: "Screening up to the age of 65 greatly reduces the risk of cervical cancer in the following decade."
We continue to offer all women cervical screenings at our clinic in Emsworth. Whatever your concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01243 388712 and arrange an appointment.