Healthwatch Halton joins charity to encourage cervical screening attendance
To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23 January), Healthwatch Halton is raising awareness of cervical screening, and potential results, and encouraging women and people with a cervix not to ignore their invitation.
In Halton, cervical screening attendance is at just over 72%, meaning nearly 9800 did not take up their invite.
Cervical screening isn’t always easy, and with COVID it can be even harder. Healthwatch Halton is encouraging sharing of tips and experiences to help others feel more able to attend.
However cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop at screening. 220,000 women and people with a cervix every year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more given a HPV diagnosis. This can mean more tests and treatments, and for some it can be an incredibly hard time.
By sharing stories and tips during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week the aim is to make those facing an unexpected result know they aren’t alone.
Samantha Dixon, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: “We want everyone to have the support and facts they need to access cervical screening and deal with an unexpected result. Cervical screening can help stop cervical cancer before it starts so it’s an incredibly important test. Help raise awareness by sharing your story this week and show others they aren’t alone”
Find out what cervical screening is for, who is invited and what to expect at the appointment: Jo’s Trust Cervical screening information.