This week is cervical cancer prevention week, and we are working hard to encourage people in north east London to attend their cervical screening appointments.
Cervical screening is a free health test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) and, if you have HPV, cervical cell changes (abnormal cells).
If you are due for cervical screening, you will receive an invitation to book an appointment. Please make sure you book, and attend, your appointment as soon as possible.
Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, it is a test to help prevent cancer. If you test positive for HPV it doesn’t mean you have cervical cancer or will develop cervical cancer. Cell changes are easily treated, and this prevents cervical cancer from developing.
Screening can prevent up to 75% of instances of cervical cancer and is estimated to save 5,000 lives per year.
You can request a female nurse or doctor. It may be a little uncomfortable but only takes a few minutes and could save your life. Anyone with concerns or questions should contact their doctor.
If you have received an invitation for cervical screening, please don’t wait. Call your GP practice to book an appointment as soon as possible.
For more information
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity, providing information and support to anyone affected and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment, care and prevention. Its national Helpline is free, confidential and on 0808 802 8000.
For more information, watch our short-animated video.
There is also useful advice for trans and non-binary people on attending cervical screening on the Cancer Research UK website. There is a dedicated service at 56 Dean Street for trans men and non-binary people.
More information on cancer screening is available on our webpage.