Cervical cancer screening saves lives
On Tuesday 5 March 2019, Public Health England, with support from NHS England, launched the first ever national cervical screening campaign targeted at women who are eligible for screening (those aged 25 – 64).
Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and around 690 women die from the disease. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented; however, attendance is at a 20-year low, with one in four women in the UK not attending their cervical screening.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and highlight the preventative benefits of screening; encouraging women to respond to their screening invitation letters, and if they missed previous invites, to book an appointment. Research conducted by Public Health England shows that there are a number of barriers to screening including concern that it might be painful and embarrassing, which the campaign will also aim to tackle.