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  • Writer's pictureGrace Smithen


This week is #CervicalCancerPreventionWeek. Cervical screening can stop cervical cancer, but it isn’t always easy. If you have questions or need support with results then visit @JoTrust

I have personally had experience with cervical screening as I had my first one at only the age of 15 as I was having symptoms. My results came back with abnormalities and I had to attend a hospital appointment to have a colposcopy which lead to needing a biopsy.

I will always remember that day as I was very scared. I anxiously waited weeks for my results but luckily when they came there had been no changes. However as I have abnormal cells I have to have a cervical screening every 6 months and have done now for 14 years.

Yes they’re not the nicest experiences but I’m so grateful that I can go and get tested and have that piece of mind.

One in three women and people with a cervix don't attend cervical screening and we want to change that. However cervical cancer prevention doesn't stop at screening.

220,000 women and people with a cervix every year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more are given a HPV diagnosis. This can mean more tests and treatments, and for some it can be incredibly hard time. Everyone need to have access to the information and support they need about cervical screening.

Please join me in #smearforsmear to help raise awareness and provide information 💗

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