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Nine women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day, two of whom will sadly die from the disease. Cervical cancer affects all women of all ages but primarily is detected in women between 30 - 45 years old and is the most common cancer in women under 30.
Cervical Screening Awareness Week (12th – 18th June) is helping to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of women attending their regular screening (smear test). 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by a cervical screening however. Worryingly, 1 in 4 women do not regularly attend this potentially life-saving test, and 1 million women in the UK have never gone for a test.
Symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious, and in some instances women do not experience any symptoms until it’s reached an advanced stage, which is why it’s vitally important to attend cervical screening appointments.
Gynaecologist Mr Julian Brady, NHS Consultant Gynaecologist, and one of London Medical Concierge's network of doctors, comments; “It is essential that all women attend their regular cervical cancer screenings, as this is the best way to protect yourself from the disease. We have one of the best screening programmes in the world which prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing. The process takes five minutes, does not hurt and is certainly not something you should feel embarrassed about.”
“Being screened regularly is important as it means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cervical cancer developing.”
Kirsty Ettrick, CEO and Founder of London Medical Concierge, adds; “At London Medical Concierge we are supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week as we understand how important having a regular smear test is to reduce your risk of cervical cancer. Far too many women are missing their screening and being diagnosed later when the disease is more aggressive. So, let’s do all we can to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.”
For more information please visit: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week