To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (23rd – 29th January) Merton Council is supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in its call to get towards a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past. The charity is launching a campaign to End Cervical Cancer in the UK.
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women globally. Every day in the UK there are 9 new diagnoses and 2 women will lose their lives. In 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a global call for action to eliminate cervical cancer. For the first time ever, the world has committed to eliminating a cancer.
HPV vaccination and cervical screening can help prevent, and one day end cervical cancer. However, uptake has been falling in many parts of the country. In England, NHS cervical screening is offered to women between the ages of 25 and 49 every 3 years. For those between the ages of 50 and 64, screening is offered every 5 years. Women receive their first invitation at the age of 24.5.
To coincide with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we are working to raise awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screening with community groups and residents, including our network of Community Champions. Our engagement team will also be spreading the word around the importance of cervical cancer screening.
Councillor Peter McCabe, Cabinet Lead for Health and Social Care, said “Cervical screening at your local GP surgery only takes a few minutes but its impact cannot be underestimated. If everyone attended their screening appointments regularly, 83% of cervical cancer deaths could be prevented. This statistic clearly demonstrates why screening is so important. By raising awareness, encouraging attendance at appointments, and working to address barriers to attendance we can help end cervical cancer”.
Samantha Dixon, Chief Executive at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said:” A world without cervical cancer is in our reach, and we want to get there as soon as possible. By raising awareness of cervical screening and HPV vaccination, we can help stop more women developing cancer before it starts. We can all play our part to do this and get closer to ending cervical cancer.”
For more information visit Information | Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (jostrust.org.uk) or phone Jo’s Trust helpline on 0808 802 8000.