Monday 22nd January through to Sunday 28th January is cervical cancer awareness week whose aim is to ensure more women know how they can reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
Every day in the U.K 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and on average 2 women a day will lose their lives through this.
75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening (smear tests) but 1 in every 4 women called for their smear test will not attend this potentially life-saving test.
Almost half a million women aged between 25-29 did not attend their cervical screening test last year so this year’s cervical screening week aims to change these figures and encourage more women to have it done.
Most women questioned about why they didn’t attend replied it was through embarrassment because they feel uncomfortable getting undressed in front of their doctors/nurses.
2/3rds of women don’t think smear tests reduce a women’s risk of cervical cancer and 65% of women would prefer to be able to the test themselves in the comfort of their own homes.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35.
Help raise awareness on cervical cancer this year by sharing blogs on your website or by organising a fundraising event to help raise much needed funds to enable cancer research to continue.
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By Horizon Counselling Ltd