It’s Cervical Screening Awareness Week from 14th to 20th June and Be Cancer SAFE Rotherham and Barnsley are helping to share Jo’s Trust’s tips and support about cervical screening and reduce the confusion about HPV.
Cervical cancer mainly affects sexually active women aged between 30 and 45. The best way to protect yourself is by attending cervical screening.
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), this is a very common virus that can be passed through any type of sexual contact with a man or a woman. You can have it even if you have not been sexually active or had a new partner for many years.
An abnormal cervical screening test result does not mean you definitely have cancer, most abnormal results are due to signs of HPV and / or the presence of treatable precancerous cells.
Your GP practice will invite you for cervical screening, you can book an appointment as soon as you get a letter. If you think you are overdue, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment. Women should be invited:
- 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
It is important to know the signs and symptoms and to contact your GP if you notice a change, do not wait for your cervical screening appointment:
- 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/.
Be Cancer SAFE is part of the health engagement initiative, commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham. You can follow their social media accounts: Facebook, @BeCancerSafeRB and Twitter, @BeCancerSafe_RB.