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3 Feb, 2023

The PCWHF joins Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in saying we can make cervical cancer a thing of the past

This week marks Cervical Cancer Prevention week (23 – 29 January), and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has launched a new campaign to end cervical cancer.

The PCWHF is supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in its call to get towards a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past. 

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women globally. Everyday in the UK there are nine new diagnoses and two 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. 

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.”

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust can stop 3,000 women a year in the UK receiving a cervical cancer diagnosis, and save two women a day from dying.

Take a look at Jo's Trust #WeCan campaign video

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has provided these cervical cancer facts for your reference:

  • Every day nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK and two women will lose their lives
  • Almost all (99.7%) cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV. That is why it is important to get regularly screened and get vaccinated if you’re offered it to help protect against HPV infection
  • Cervical screening (smear tests) saves thousands of lives a year, or around 7 in 10 cases of cervical cancer  
  • Across the UK 1 in 3 do not attend when invited for their cervical screening 
  • The most common symptom is bleeding in between periods or after sex. Other symptoms include post-menopausal bleeding, unusual discharge, unexplained pain between hipbones and pain during sex. Chances are it isn’t cervical cancer but best to see a GP if experiencing any
  • Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has information and support about all things HPV, cervical screening and cervical cancer. No questions is too big or small
  • Through raising awareness of cervical screening, spreading important information about the HPV vaccine and calling on governments to take action, we can make cervical cancer be the first cancer in history we have eliminated

Together with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we can build a future without cervical cancer.

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