Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2020

Cervical cancer is almost wholly preventable, and we want everyone with a cervix to be able to prevent cervical cancer. During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week in 2020, we filled in the information gap for the transgender, non-binary and intersex communities and created tailored information and tips on going for screening.

Cervical cancer can affect people at any age but affects people at primarily 30 – 45 years of age. In the UK, our very successful cervical screening programme is estimated to save over 4,000 lives each year. Most cervical cancers are caused by a common sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a group of viruses, of which there are more than 100 different types, and a number of these viruses, known as High Risk HPV can infect the cervix and cause no visible symptoms. If the body is unable to clear High Risk HPV, ┬áthere is a risk of abnormal cells developing, which could become cancerous over time.

There is a lot of misinformation and stigma surrounding HPV, it is spread during sexual skin-to-skin contact, which is why it is important to get vaccinated if applicable, and go for your cervical screening, if applicable, even if you have not had penetrative sex. The UK government offers a HPV vaccination to all children at 11-12 years old.

This year, we have created a whole host of information around cervical cancer and its prevention for the transgender, non-binary and intersex communities:

Read our information on cervical cancer for the transgender, non-binary and intersex communities.

Read our information on cervical screening for the transgender, non-binary and intersex communities.

Read, save and share our tips on going for screening for the transgender, non-binary and intersex communities.

If you are a healthcare professional, we have also created some tips to help you support your transgender, non-binary and intersex patients, read, save and share them!

We also have a series of information, Myths and Truths, from 2019 where we bust the myths around HPV. So watch our videos, get informed, and if you are due, book your cervical screening appointment:

Watch our Myths and Truths Series and shun HPV stigma!

Read, save and share our cervical screening FAQs.