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We're the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities and our vision is a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past.
Our mission is to see cervical cancer prevented and we campaign for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.
Cervical cancer could be eradicated in the UK and we want to reach that day as soon as possible so that no woman has to face a life-threatening and life-changing diagnosis. Until then, every woman diagnosed should have the best care, support and treatment possible.
Across the UK, we are fortunate to have excellent cervical screening programmes that save thousands of lives every year. However, of the five million women invited every year for screening, over one in four don’t attend and attendance is decreasing. We want to see a patient-centred screening programme with multiple access points, and are calling for the following changes to make this a reality:
Read our report, ‘Computer says no: the growing issue of access to cervical screening across the UK, the problems and how they can be overcome’ for more information about the barriers to access, and what needs to change to make cervical screening easy to access.
Ensuring high coverage of the HPV vaccine is key to preventing cervical cancer and must remain a priority. We welcome plans to extend the HPV vaccination programme to boys and we hope to see Gardasil 9 adopted for both girls and boys to ensure maximum high-risk HPV protection in the new generation.
To support teachers to raise awareness of HPV and the importance of the vaccination and screening, we have teamed up with the Teenage Cancer Trust to develop lesson plans, available here.
We work with a wide variety of health care professionals, including oncologists, gynaecologists, specialist nurses, GPs, practice nurses and colposcopists. We provide information, promote best practice guidance and campaign for clinical excellence for all patients.
There are around 49,000 women living with and beyond cervical cancer in the UK. For almost all women the impact of cervical cancer doesn’t end after treatment finishes as long-term emotional and physical effects can affect many areas of a woman’s life. We are calling for much more to be done to support women experiencing long term effects of cervical cancer and its treatment.
Recent research into the long term consequences of the cervical cancer found high numbers of women are living with unreported or unmet needs following diagnosis with comorbidity being extremely common. Eighty-eight percent of women have experienced at least one, 63% at least three and 24% at least six physical long term consequences of their cervical cancer treatment, such as problems with bowel or bladder function, bones, fertility, intimacy and early menopause. High numbers have not received treatment, including only half who have experienced bowel and urinary problems (41% and 54% respectively) and just 10% who have experienced negative changes in their sex life.
We are calling for:
For more details, read our report, ‘The long term consequences of cervical cancer and its treatment’.
Support our policy work by writing to your MP.