Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Written by: Sophie Taylor

In acknowledgement of cervical cancer prevention week, here’s a list of scary facts:

? Every day in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

? 3 women lose their lives from the disease every day.

? Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35.

? 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests).

Despite all of this, 1 in 4 women don’t go for their potentially life-saving test.

North Four, North London magazine, illustration, cervical cancer awareness, smear test, sand, ignorance, head in the sand

I was one of them. Reminder letters followed me as I moved house and went straight in the recycling for five years. Ignorance is bliss. Until it’s not quite so blissful anymore.

If you’re the one in four with your head stuck well and truly in the sand, take it from a well entrenched sand dweller that it’s not that bad up here in the breezy stirrups. If it’s time you don’t have, bear in mind you could be spending a lot more time at the docs if you keep avoiding the initial test. It really doesn’t take very long.

Get it out the way. Your cervix will thank you.

Unfortunately, cervical cancer might be an issue close to your heart. If you want some ideas on how to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, you can always do the usuals: host a fundraising event, bake cakes, dress in pink and organise a work quiz or sponsored cycle for example.

You can also simply text JCCT17 to 70070 to support prevention and see cervical cancer prevented in the UK.

For more ideas and any extra information about the campaign, email media@jostrust.org.uk

Original illustrations by Julia Potocnik.

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