National Cervical Screening CampaignPublished: Thursday, 7th March 2019
Public Health England, with support from NHS England have launched their first ever national cervical screening campaign targeted 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 key messages are:
- Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England
- 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.
- More information is available from nhs.uk/cervicalscreening
- Resources are available and can be ordered from the public health campaign resource centre (PHCRC). https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources
- Jos Trust provide an easy ready leaflet and dvd created by women with learning disabilities which can be ordered free of charge from https://www.jostrust.org.uk/shop/cervical-screening-and-cervical-abnormalities/easyread-booklet-having-smear-test-what-it-about.
Please help support this campaign, the TV campaign will run till the end of April but the resources can be used all year round.