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Cervical Screening during coronavirus – it’s still a life saver
Posted on 15 Jun 2020
Going for your routine cervical screening is still vitally important, it can be lifesaving. Measures have been put in place to keep you safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
This Cervical Screening awareness week, 15 – 21 June, it is important to raise the importance of women still attending their routine cervical screening appointments when invited.
Dr Imogen Staveley, Deputy Chair at NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “If you were recently due to have a cervical screening appointment and had your appointment cancelled, you will be contacted to rearrange your appointment. If you receive a letter to encourage you to book an appointment in the post, it is vitally important that you book the appointment as long as you and no one in your household are suffering with coronavirus symptoms.”
Five million women are invited for cervical cancer screening each year in the UK however, many fail to take up the offer of a smear test. This is a free health test that checks for cell changes caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV).
Dr Staveley added: “This year we see an increased challenge for cervical cancer screening due to the coronavirus outbreak however, services have put measures in place to keep patients safe and we want to encourage woman to attend their appointment. Spotting and treating signs at an early stage is key to successful treatment, so having a smear test is not only very important, it can help save lives. If you have received a letter or you know you are due to have your smear test call your practice to book an appointment.”
Cervical Screening Awareness Week campaign is being led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Jo’s trust offers support and information on cervical screening and it has recently increased its online presence through social media and their website to include:
- Sharing experiences of cervical screening
- Sharing images and videos to let people know where they can find out more
- Sharing resources of FAQs about cervical screening and coronavirus
- Sharing links to support services available.
Organisations are able to get involved by spreading the message and utilising the resources available on the Jo’s Trust website. To find out how your organisation can get involved visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week/cervical-screening-awareness-week-work
For more information on cervical cancer and what the screening test involves, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalcancer