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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2017

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from January 22nd—28th aimed at raising awareness of Cervical Cancer Screening.

 

Cervical screening aims to prevent cervical cancer from developing. It’s a test to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb. It is often also referred to as a smear test and involves taking a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix.

 

Around 95 women each year are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Northern Ireland alone, by having your smear test you could reduce your risk of developing cancer. For most women the test will not show anything however you can look and feel perfectly normal but still have changes in your cervix.

 

Face the facts…

 
* Attending for a cervical smear is an important step in taking care of your health.   
 
* 20 – 30 women die each year from cervical cancer in NI.    
 
* Early detection and treatment can prevent 7 out of 10 cases of this cancer.   
 
* In Northern Ireland cervical screening is available every three years for women aged 25 – 49 and every five years for women aged 50 - 64.
 
* Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing.  In the UK one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited.

 

We hope that we have encouraged you to pick up the phone and book your outstanding smear test today. Take control of your own health and you could be saving your own life.

 

For more information on the Breast, Cervical & Bowel Screening Awareness Programme with WRDA or to book the programme for your community group, please contact Katherine Robertson on 028 9023 0212 or email katherine.robertson@wrda.net

 

We also deliver this programme to groups with additional support needs and can adapt the materials accordingly. If you are interested please contact Emma Gray emma.gray@wrda.net.



 

 
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