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This week from 17th-23rd January, we are supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, despite being largely preventable. 75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by smear tests yet 1 in 3 do not attend their cervical screening. We therefore support the movement encouraging all women to attend their routine smear appointments.

What are the symptoms?

Cervical cancer can be largely asymptomatic during the early stages, however once progressed can include:

  • Heavier periods or unusual vaginal bleeding (e.g. between periods, after the menopause or during/after sex)
  • Changes to vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in the lower back or lower stomach, or between the hip bones

How can you make screening more comfortable?

  • Talk to a nurse or doctor about any questions or concerns you have during or prior to your appointment
  • Ask for a nurse or doctor of a particular gender if this will ease your experience
  • Ask for a longer or double appointment
  • Attend the appointment with a trusted person (COVID-19 allowing)

How can you get involved?

Show your support using the #SmearForSmear hashtag on social media and read through the shared experiences of others. By exchanging stories and creating an open discussion on the importance of screening, we hope to prevent cervical cancer.

Treatment to prevent cervical cancer is 90% effective, however if you do have concerns about the diagnosis or treatment of cervical cancer, our Clinical Negligence team may be able to help. Our specialist team are on hand to hear your enquiry and advise on the next steps. You can contact us by phone on 01484 821 500, or fill out our online enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch at a convenient time for you.