Don’t let embarrassment prevent your cervical cancer screening

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Every day 9 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women will lose their lives to the disease. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 but is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme.

Surveys undertaken by cancer charities indicate embarrassment and a lack of understanding of the causes of cervical cancer may be behind the fall in numbers attending.  But, statistics show that the number of women aged 25-29 years of age being screened for cervical cancer is the lowest in any age group and numbers attending for screening are falling year on year.

Many factors contribute to these numbers but high on the list is embarrassment and fear of exposure.  This decline in attendance for screening is now linked to a rise in the incidence of cervical cancer in women under 35.”

The number of women dying from cervical cancer has halved over the past 28 years but despite this success, over 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. The majority have delayed coming forward for screening which has impacted on their ability to have early changes treated.

Screening is for people without symptoms as a preventative measure and it is really important for young women to understand the importance of attending cervical screening as it can detect pre-cancer abnormalities, which, if left untreated, may develop into cancer.

The team at Dignity Wear are listening to the needs of those individuals who will not attend due to embarrassment or fear of exposure  and acting upon them so there is no reason not to attend a routine smear test that will ultimately save lives.

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