Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust aims to make cervical cancer a thing of the past through campaigning and raising awareness of cervical cancer.  The UK charity has this week published its report into cervical cancer including 20 recommendations for the healthcare profession.  Every day nine women are told that they have cervical cancer in the UK.  With early diagnosis and the right treatment, it is expected that the majority of women will survive.  Diagnosing and treating Cervical Cancer is stage 1 has a 95% survival rate after five years.

Better2Know can help with a pap smear or HPV test, and preferably both to help get the best overall picture of your cervical health.  A smear test take a sample of cells, and these are examined to see if they contain any abnormal cells, these may or may not be pre-cancerous, but all changes are looked at.  An HPV test looks for an HPV infection.  Your Better2Know tests looks for 20 different types of the HPV virus.  14 of these are said to be High Risk for Cancer, and 6 are Low Risk.  Having a high risk HPV does not mean that you will develop cancer, but it does mean that you may need to have more frequent smear tests.

The Trust found that around 6 out of 10 women with cervical cancer were diagnosed as a result of their smear test.  4 in 10 women were diagnosed after they went to their doctor with unusual symptoms.  Symptoms can include:

  • unexpected bleeding (even a little)
  • pain during sex
  • an unusual discharge

Jo’s Trust calls for three changes in the routes to diagnosis, which Better2Know supports:

  • Further investment in symptom awareness campaigns
  • Increased campaigns for women to attend their three year smear test
  • Employers to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and allowing all women to have time off to attend their test

The full report including powerful stories from people diagnosed with cervical cancer, can be found here.

To donate to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust please click here.

If you would like to have a smear test, even if you are under the age of 25, Better2Know can arrange this for you.  Please call one of our friendly booking team with any question that you have and to book your appointment.

 




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