Inclusivity and Cancer Prevention

UPDATE: Eve have had a really positive discussion with the Mail+ and the piece referred to below has been taken down (28.07.2022)

Some of you may be aware of a recent The Mail+ article which mentioned one of our information guides.

The article was published without context (which we provided in full to The Mail+) and our response was also omitted. We are addressing our concerns directly with The Mail+.

The guide referred to in The Mail+ article is an Easy Read Guide on cervical screening, tailored specifically for people with learning disabilities. It provides health information and tips for attending a cervical screening appointment, information which is hugely important in supporting women and people with learning disabilities to get screened.

The resource was produced with substantial input from people with learning disabilities and those with expertise in working with them. During this process it was recommended that when speaking about the trans community who are eligible for cervical screening, that we simplify ‘trans men and non-binary people with a cervix’ to ‘men who have a cervix’. It’s important to recognise that Easy Read is a process and not an absolute language – a combination of simple images and very clear, simplified text. The resource has been recently launched and we are seeking further feedback from the target audience and expert organisations about what, if anything, may need to be changed and reviewed to keep the health information clear, understandable, and inclusive.

We would like to make it clear that The Eve Appeal is here for everyone affected by any of the five gynaecological cancers. Cancers that are far too little talked about and underfunded in terms of research investment. Our unique focus is on diagnosing these cancers earlier and preventing these cancers. This means that we produce information for a range of audiences who need support on accessing health information – including information on attending cervical screening for people with learning disabilities and trans men.

We are inclusive in all our health materials. We talk about women, girls and anyone who has organs affected by these cancers (this includes trans men who will still have a cervix)– we include all those who will find the information useful.

As a charity, our ambition is to prevent every single case of cancer that can be prevented. That means encouraging and supporting everyone who is eligible for cervical screening to attend their appointment. If detected early, cervical cancer is both a preventable and a very successfully treatable disease.