The cervical cancer screening programme saves lives. So why is the number of women going for screening at its lowest for 21 years?
The cervical cancer screening test – or smear test – has been around since the 1980s. But some confusion persists as to what it is. Many think that it’s a test for cervical cancer. Yet it’s actually a test looking for abnormal cells that have the potential to turn into cancer.
Uncertainties like these, and fear about what the test is like, can lead a woman to ignore her invitation to book a smear, when the letter pops through her door. That can have serious, life-threatening consequences.
Myths and truths
So for Cervical Screening Awareness week this June, we have launched our FAQ sheets to sit alongside our myth-busting, fact-filled video series, Myths and Truths. Adeola Olaitan, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Eve Appeal Trustee, and Karen Hobbs, our Cancer Information Officer, clear up a wide range of questions on cervical cancer and smear tests.
Day 1 – An Introduction to Cervical Screenings
Day 2 – What you should know about HPV
Day 3 – The HPV Vaccine – myths and truths
Day 4 – Cervical screening results and what they mean
Day 5 – The signs, symptoms and risks of cervical cancer
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