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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Get ready: Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2022 will take place from 17-23 January 2022!

This year we want to talk about more than cervical screening (smear tests), because cervical cancer prevention doesn't stop there. 

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

Everyone's experience is different, but we want everyone to have the information and support they need. So we want you to join us and share tips, facts, and most importantly help others know they aren't alone.

Get involved with the campaign

  • Use social media to talk about cervical screening: shout about why it's so important and share your tips to make it easier
  • Share your experience of colposcopy or getting unexpected cervical screenign results: what do you wish you had known and what would you say to someone feeling anxious about theirs? 
  • Share our tips, information and signpost to our support services 
  • Get your workplace involved and display posters or even take on a fundraising challenge

Join in and use #CervicalCancerPreventionWeek so others can find you! 

Share tips just like our volunteer Amy:

  • Don’t rush off. Take your time to recover and make sure you feel ok before you leave, make plans in case you don’t feel great after for being picked up if you can
  • Wear something comfy (not too thick and hot) and easy to get on and off for both smear and colposcopy!
  • Big comfy underwear that can support a panty liner or a pad and wear a panty liner or pad to both smear test and colposcopy as you can bleed after both
  • Ask questions. I asked so many. Speak to your friends, nurses, whoever. Don’t be scared to use the word discharge or talk about what’s happening to you, whatever it is, it’s not something to be ashamed or embarrassed of. 
  • Get to your colposcopy early in case you get lost in the hospital! 

Where’s #SmearForSmear this year?

This year, we’re focusing on sharing stories, information and tips that go further than a smear test. That’s why #SmearForSmear isn’t quite right for this year’s campaign. 

We still want to talk about the importance of screening and support women and people with a cervix to attend, but we also want to talk about what happens after the test to reduce the fear and confusion so many feel. 

Needless to say, if you’ve already got your lipstick at the ready, that’s absolutely fine too – we hope you can still join in the campaign by sharing a smear test tip or supportive message with your selfie! 

Along with many others we are facing a challenging economic situation. Help us continue to provide support at this difficult time without even leaving your home! Set up a virtual collection. Just £16 could fund a call to our Helpline. 

Share your personal experience of cervical screening, cell changes or cervical cancer with us to help raise awareness. Find out how