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Local cancer survivor launches cervical cancer support group in Cornwall

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 10:05

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 25-31 January

Karen Bray, a local woman from St. Dennis, is marking Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (CCPW, 25-31 January 2015) by launching a support group for women diagnosed with cervical cancer after beating the disease herself in 2012.

The group, hosted in Truro, is the first of its kind for the region and is for women who are living with or beyond a cervical cancer diagnosis, which kills almost three UK women every day and sees one woman every three hours being diagnosed and facing an uncertain future.

Karen Bray, a cervical cancer survivor from St. Dennis has been trained by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, the only dedicated UK charity for women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. With more than one million women failing to attend cervical screening in 2013/14 and incidence rising the need for support groups such as Karen's is growing.

Karen said: "When I was going through my treatment I had so many questions – family and friends were fantastic, but other than the medical team and their obvious time constraints, there was no one to talk to who really understood how I felt.  I strongly believe that there is a real need for additional support for ladies in Cornwall and it was always my intention to set something up when the time was right.

I understand how difficult it can be to stay positive when things just aren't going the way you want them to, and strongly believe that support from other ladies who have gone through similar experiences can offer a wealth of understanding, support and empowerment which is why I’m delighted to launch the support group" Karen continues.

Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "I know that this group will offer wonderful support to women affected by cervical cancer in this community. Women we have supported voiced a need for groups like this and our support groups in other areas have received great feedback from women. We are delighted that we can help extend our support group network to the Cornwall area."


For details of the first meeting and to register visit www.jostrust.org.uk 

For more information and to arrange interviews contact:

Elisabeth Schuetz on 020 7250 8311 or [email protected]

Maddy Durrant on 020 7250 8311 or [email protected]


Notes to editors

About Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK's only charity dedicated to supporting women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The charity also campaigns to increase awareness of the disease and bring down numbers diagnosed through promoting the cervical screening and HPV vaccination programmes. The charity’s national helpline is on 0808 802 8000.

About cervical cancer and abnormalities

  • Around 3 women in the UK die each day from cervical cancer, with someone diagnosed every 3 hours
  • Over 300,000 women a year are told they may have a cervical abnormality that could require treatment
  • The majority (99.7%) of cervical cancers are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which causes changes to the cervical cells. Anyone who is sexually active can be infected with HPV at some time