Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is 18th to 24th January. 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.
Abnormal bleeding does not mean you have cervical cancer, but you should see a GP as soon as possible to get it checked out.
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
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. This is how often you should attend a screening 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
Be Cancer SAFE is part of the Social Movement in Health initiative, commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham. You can follow their social media accounts on Facebook: @BeCancerSafeRB (www.facebook.com/BeCancerSafeRB) and Twitter: @BeCancerSafe_RB (www.twitter.com/BeCancerSafe_RB).