It is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week from 17th to 23rd January, and we’ve teamed up with Be Cancer SAFE, part of the Health Engagement Project commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham, to raise awareness.
Cervical cancer mainly affects sexually active women aged between 30 and 45. The best way to protect yourself is by attending Cervical Screening when invited.
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV, this is a very common virus that can be passed through any type of sexual contact with a man or a woman.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms and to contact your GP if you notice a change:
- Bleeding during or after sex
- Pain and discomfort during sex
- Bleeding between your periods
- Bleeding after you have been through the menopause
- Abnormal bleeding does not mean you have cervical cancer, but you should see a GP as soon as possible to get it checked out.
For further information and support, contact Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust via www.jostrust.org.uk/.
Your GP practice will invite you to attend Cervical Screening. You can book an appointment as soon as you get a letter. If you missed your last Cervical Screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment.
Under 25 years: up to six months before you turn 25
25 to 49 years: every three years
50 to 64 years: every five years
65 or older years: only if one of your last three tests was abnormal
You can follow Be Cancer SAFE’s social media accounts on Facebook: @BeCancerSafeRB / Twitter: @BeCancerSafe_RB.