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Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2019

The dates for Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2019 are 10 - 16 June 2019. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2018

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) 2018 ran from Monday 11 – Sunday 17 June 2018. Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing yet one in four women don’t attend.

We wanted to increase awareness and make it easier for every eligible woman and person with a cervix to attend cervical screening. We wanted:

  • Every woman to understand why the test is important
  • Every eligible woman to be able to attend
  • To encourage action to make the test more accessible

Barriers to cervical screening can make it difficult to attend

We know attending is not always easy and some people find it difficult for many reasons. During Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2018 we addressed some of the different barriers and talking about how cervical screening can be made easier for more women and people with a cervix to attend.

From struggling to book an appointment to feeling unsure or anxious, or not understanding why it is important, we want every woman to know where they can find support and tips.

Computer says "no"

Computer says no reportThere are many reasons which make it difficult for some women and people with a cervix to attend cervical screening, yet more and more are telling us that they are struggling to get an appointment. Launched this week, our new report ‘Computer says “no”' looks at the growing issue of access to cervical screening across the UK, the problems and how they can be overcome. For some women, including those with a physical disability or who have experienced sexual violence, it can be particularly difficult to attend an appointment.

We’re calling for increased availability of appointments at GP practices and greater availability in sexual health services as well as the introduction of self-sampling which could make getting tested easier for many women. Read the full report and our recommendations here.

Contact your MP/AM/MSP to let them know about our new report and recommendations to improve access to cervical screening. Use our draft letter here.

Increasing cervical screening attendance

Cervical cancer can be prevented and GP surgeries, Local Authorities, CCGs and the four UK Governments all have a key role to play in increasing awareness of cervical screening and encouraging women to attend this potentially life-saving test. We have specific information and resources for health care professionals to use to encourage attendance which you can access here.

If you have a cervical screening project which deserves recognition, enter our Cervical screening awards! The awards identify and reward the UK's best local cervical screening campaigns and provide opportunities to share best practice with other health professionals.