Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW)


Cervical screening (smear tests) prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing yet one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited.


The 2016 campaign

Not going for cervical screening is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cervical cancer and Cervical Screening Awareness Week runs every June to encourage more women to attend this five minute test, which could save a life.

This year you helped us reach thousands of women.

We had a huge amount of support through social media and the press and featured in publications including The Sun, Mature Times, Sunday People, Mail Online, Huffington Post and BBC News. We also sent out over 67,000 information materials which were displayed in hospitals, GP surgeries and community centres across the UK.

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening online and offline, your support means so much to us.

Here are a few of the messages we saw on social media.

Social media


“This has just reminded me I’m over a year overdue on my next screening. Oops!”



“Thanks for writing this post, hearing about your experience with abnormal cells, as a young woman has made me certain that I’m going to go for my smear test when I hit 25.”

– Blog comment


"The sound of them (smear tests) has always terrified me a bit but now I feel okay!" 

- Twitter


Keep an eye out for our plans for Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2017 which is running from 12-18 June. If you would like further information please contact us on 020 7250 8311 or [email protected]. If you’d like to support our cause and help us raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening, you can download and order a range of materials.


Date last updated: 
20 Apr 2016