Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018
20 Jan 2018
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018
What is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week?
This year cervical cancer prevention week will be hosted from Monday 22nd January 2018 until Sunday 28th January 2018 and the theme is focused on reducing your risk of developing cervical cancer. The purpose of this campaign is to ensure more women know and are aware of how they can reduce their risk of cervical cancer.
This campaign is run by a charity called Jo’s cervical cancer trust and their main mission is to prevent cervical cancer and is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. They value providing high quality information and support, campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.
To find out more information about the charity visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/
How Can Women Reduce Their Risk Of Developing Cervical Cancer?
Research suggests that around 75% of cervical cancers in the UK can be prevented by cervical screening (smear tests). In order to reduce your risk of cervical cancer in relation to the campaign you should
• Attend cervical screening when invited
• Know the symptoms of cervical cancer and seek medical advice immediately if you are experiencing any
• Taking up to the HPV vaccination
• Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
• Knowing where to find support and further information
How can you get involved with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week?
• Holding an awareness day in your office, business, university, GP surgery or community centre supporting the campaign. With free materials to hand out and display and raise awareness locally.
• Share your story if you have personally been affected by cervical cancer or abnormalities and would like to talk about your experience to raise awareness then get in touch with Jos cervical cancer trust.
• Social Media Sharing of the campaign to help spread the word.
• Hosting a fundraising event i.e. baking cakes, dressing up in pink, sponsored cycle and many others.
• Join #SmearForSmear campaign to help spread the word across about the importance of smear testing to prevent cervical cancer.
To find out more information about how you can get involved with the campaign visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week-2018
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). Every year in the UK, research suggests that it is estimated to be diagnosed that over 3000 women will have cervical cancer. There are two main types of cervical cancer which include squamous cancer cell and adenocarcinoma.
Squamous cells are the flat, skin-like cells that cover the outer surface of the cervix. Research suggests that 70 to 80 out of every 100 cervical cancers are squamous cell cancers.
Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that starts in the gland cells that produce mucus. The cervix has glandular cells scattered along the inside of the passage that runs from the cervix to the womb (the endocervical canal).
To find out more information on the stages, types and grades of cervical cancer visit http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cervical-cancer/stages-types-grades
What are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?
• Vaginal bleeding between periods
• Vaginal bleeding during or after sex
• Vaginal bleeding after the menopause (after you have stopped having periods)
• Vaginal discharge
• Pelvic pain
If any of these symptoms are experienced then you should contact your local healthcare provider immediately.
What is the Treatment for Cervical Cancer?
• Cervical Screening
• Chemo radiation
• Targeted Biological therapies
• Clinical trials
To find out more information about cervical cancer visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-cancer/