#SmearForSmear 2020 is here!
It's Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (20-26 January) and we're asking you to help us get the facts out about HPV and smear tests.
Bassetlaw District Council and Bassetlaw Councillors Lynne Schuller and Sue Shaw, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-Being, are urging residents to find out about how to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. 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
- Knowing where to find support and further information
Cllr Lynne Schuller said: "Cervical cancer often presents with no symptoms in early stages, this is why the cervical screening (a smear test) is vital in early detection. Screening is offered to women between the ages of 25 and 64, with invitations being sent every three years between the ages of 25 and 49, and every five years between the ages of 50 and 64.
"Cervical screening is a free health test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cell changes (abnormal cells). If you are female and have had the HPV vaccine, cervical screening is still important. The HPV vaccine protects against 7 in 10 (70%) cases of cervical cancer, so cervical screening helps find any cell changes (abnormal cells) caused by other HPV types."
Last Updated on Wednesday, March 4, 2020