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Each year, around 220,000 women and people with a cervix are diagnoses with cervical cell changes following their routine cervical screening. These cells are not cancerous, but they have the potential to develop into cervical cancer if they are not monitored or treated appropriately. Treatment given to prevent the development of cervical cancer is highly effective, with a success rate of around 90%. This makes colposcopy examinations and cell changes treatment a crucial aspect of cervical cancer prevention.
However, our survey of over 1000 women and people with a cervix found that many experienced anxiety, confusion, shame, and unexpected side effects as a result of their diagnosis and treatment.
We know those who deliver screening and colposcopy services are working to provide the best patient experience possible, currently under incredibly difficult circumstances, but more needs to be done to reduce some of the variations in care experienced following cervical cell changes.
Our work aims to provide greater insight into the experiences a diagnosis can bring and identify where further support, information, or research is needed.