Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year. About 2 out of every 100 cancers diagnosed in women (2%) are cervical cancers.
Cervical screening is a way of preventing cancer by finding and treating early changes in the neck of the womb (cervix). These changes could lead to cancer if left untreated.
The screening uses a test called cytology, which many people know as the smear test.
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites;
- Women from ages 25 to 64 for cervical screening
- Women ages 25 to 49 are invited every 3 years
- After that, women are then invited every 5 years until the age of 64.
- HIV+ patients are invited to attend annually.
Despite the obvious benefits of cervical screening, many women still choose not to have this test. The reasons behind this need to be understood to come up with ways of encouraging women to have it.
A workshop is being held on Friday 19th May 2017 10am-12pm in St John’s House, East Street, Leicester LE1 6NB, looking for people to come along and discuss ideas to help produce something which will encourage more women to take the test. This will help design and review appropriate materials which will educate women (and men) on what a smear test involves, and help encourage women to attend their GP practice for a smear test.
Being a multi-cultural city, the organisers are interested in hearing from people with different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures who may be able to help with this exercise. There is also no requirement to be this age to take part; anyone who would like to be involved will be most welcome.
For more information or to reserve a space please call Jo Ryder on 0116 295 1123 with a contact name and telephone number, or email firstname.lastname@example.org