Cervical screening saves lives

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Today Public Health England, with support from NHS England, have launched the first ever national cervical screening campaign aimed at women who are eligible for screening (those aged 25-64).

Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and around 690 women die from the disease. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented; however, attendance is at a 20-year low, with one in four women in the UK not attending their cervical screening.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and highlight the preventative benefits of screening. We are encouragng women to respond to their screening invitation letters and, if they missed previous invites, to book an appointment with their GP practice.

The key campaign is messages are:

  • Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts by preventing potentially harmful cells from developing
  • Don’t ignore your cervical screening invite. If you missed your last cervical screening, book an appointment with your GP practice now
  • For more information, visit nhs.uk/cervicalscreening