20th-26th June 2022
This awareness week is championed by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and raises the profile of cervical screening by sharing tips and experiences for those who find accessing screening appointments difficult.
The NHS is very aware that every individual’s circumstances are different when accessing screening services and not everyone finds it straightforward. Therefore, to help anyone who is affected by anxiety or finds it difficult to attend their cervical screening (smear test), information and support about how to plan for your cervical screening appointments can be found here.
Cervical screening helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which causes nearly all cervical cancers. This is a more sensitive and accurate test than the previous method. It means cervical cell abnormalities can be treated. If left untreated, these cells could develop into cancer.
So please, don’t be embarrassed or hesitant about making an appointment with your GP.