The 22nd-28th of January is Cervical Cancer Prevention week, an initiative set-up by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The Trust is a charitable organisation set-up to help raise awareness of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.
Every day in the UK, 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Although 75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening tests, it’s estimated that only 1 in 4 women in the UK regularly attend cervical screenings.
As with most serious illnesses, early diagnosis is key in fighting cervical cancer. Survival rates for cancer diagnosed at an early stage are high – the chances of a complete cure decrease the later the cancer is diagnosed and the further the cancer has spread.
What are the symptoms?
Early symptoms of cervical cancer can include:
- abnormal bleeding, such as bleeding between menstrual periods, after sex or after menopause
- unusual discharge in amount, colour, consistency, or smell
- needing to urinate more frequently
- experiencing pain when urinating
- pelvic pain