Women and people with a cervix who are registered with a GP practice in Tameside and Glossop are urged to undergo cervical cancer screening by invitation.
Cervical screening is available to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 in England.
All authorized persons who are registered with a family doctor (as a woman) will automatically receive an invitation by post.
To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23 January), the NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising awareness of cervical cancer screening and possible outcomes, and encouraging women and people with a cervix not to ignore their invitation.
In Tameside and Glossop, the latest available data on cervical screening attendance shows that one in four women does not take the opportunity to be screened when invited.
Cervical screening isn’t always easy, and with COVID, it can be even more difficult. NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG encourage sharing of tips and experiences to help others feel better equipped to participate.
However, prevention of cervical cancer does not end with screening. 220,000 women and people with a cervix each year find out they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more are diagnosed with HPV. This can mean further testing and treatment, and for some it can be an incredibly tough time.
By sharing stories and tips during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we want those who are faced with an unexpected result to know they are not alone.
dr Lisa Gutteridge, GP Macmillan Head of Government Agency at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG said: “Cervical cancer can be prevented with the HPV vaccine and the cervical “smear test,” which is usually every 3-5 years, depending on your age and risk factors such as family and medical history. If you missed the HPV shot in 8th grade, you can get it free from the NHS until your 25th birthday. For more information on cervical screening, go to www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/cervicalcancer.”
dr Asad Ali, co-chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “It is important to take cervical cancer screening tests by invitation, even if you have been vaccinated against HPV, as the vaccine does not guarantee protection against cervical cancer. If you have not received your invitation to participate in the cervical exam, please contact your GP practice – visit their website to complete an online consultation, or if you do not have access to a digital device to get online, such as e.g. B. a smartphone or a desktop computer or laptop, call them to make an appointment.”
Samantha Dixon, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “We want everyone to have the support and evidence they need to access cervical cancer screening and cope 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 showing others they are not alone.”
Visit the NHS website for more information on cervical cancer prevention https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-cancer/prevention/