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January 2019 – Blog on Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2019

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2019

Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer affecting women aged 35.

Did you know:

  • 9 women are diagnosed each day?
  • 2 women per day lose their lives?
  • 75% of cervical cancer is preventable by screening?

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, Monday 21 – Sunday 27 January 2019

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week aims to reduce the risk of the disease by encouraging the take-up of smear tests and taking preventative measures.

Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every 3 years. Women aged 50 to 64 are invited every 5 years. It is important to attend your cervical screening tests – even if you have been vaccinated for HPV, because the vaccine does not guarantee protection against cervical cancer.

Although it can identify most abnormal cell changes in the cervix, cervical screening is not 100% accurate. This means you should report any symptoms to your GP, such as unusual vaginal bleeding, even if you have recently been screened.

How can you reduce your risk?

We want to ensure all women and people with a cervix know how cervical cancer can be prevented. This means:

  • Attending cervical screening when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11–18
  • Using condoms
  • Stop smoking

Raise Awareness

  • Share your story: if you have been personally affected by cancer or abnormalities. Talking about your experience in the media can encourage others to take action
  • Hold an awareness day: use our free materials to hold an awareness stand, talking to others about the campaign week


  • Host a fundraising event
  • Make a donation: Cancer Research and cervical cancer charities such as Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust rely on your support to reach more women with the message that cervical cancer can be prevented


  • Contact your MP to ask them to join the NHS in working to increase uptake of cervical screening in your local area
  • Get your workplace to sign up to Time to Test to ensure female employees have the time to attend cervical screening
  • Join the #SmearForSmear campaign to help spread the word about the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer

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