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Today is World Cancer Day. This year, we’ve decided to talk about the importance of friendships, talking and support.
How you go through a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a very personal experience, it can also be isolating at times. It can be hard to find others who can relate to what you’re going through and how you’re feeling.
To mark this World Cancer Day, we want to say you’re not alone and are sharing stories from our volunteers. We hear from Mandy, diagnosed with stage 1b1 in 2015 , Laura, diagnosed with stage 3 in 2017 and Hayley, diagnosed in 2017.
Can cervical cancer be eliminated? Are we close? Or are we actually seeing increases in diagnoses?
This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and while it’s great that there is so much attention on cervical cancer, there have been a lot of conflicting and maybe confusing headlines and we want to help you understand what’s really going on.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, hearing that you have or have had a cancer that can be prevented can be difficult. I and Jo’s truly understand how this could be the case especially during campaign weeks such as Cervical Cancer Prevention Week when our messaging around prevention gets much louder. So I wanted to take the time ahead of next week to explain why the week is so important.
If you’re an avid Coronation Street fan, you’ll be fully aware of the dramatic cervical cancer storyline unfolding on our screens. It’s a story that’s sparking conversation, so even if you aren’t glued to your TV it’s not unlikely that you’ll have heard about it.
It seems like everyone is discussing Coronation Street this week, as Sinead Tinker’s sad storyline draws to a close on Friday. It has been emotional and a difficult watch at times for many in our community. However as well as cervical cancer, the story centres around cancer in, and after, pregnancy - an issue which is rarely discussed but that the soap has tackled head on.
We know that a cancer diagnosis can put a strain on your mental health whether it took place a month ago or a year ago. Our support services hear from people who are dealing with difficult emotions, with relationships which have become more stressful since a diagnosis, or from friends or family who just don’t know what to say.
June 2019 marks 20 years of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and is the start of our anniversary year. ‘Jo’s Trust’ as it was first known, was founded by James Maxwell in 1999 after his wife, Jo passed away from cervical cancer.
So, to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity, we chatted to their children Tom, Lucy and Alexander about the early days of Jo’s, what it means to them and their hopes for the future of cervical cancer prevention.
Today is Valentine’s Day where we show how much we love our significant others or friends. We aim to support everyone who is affected by cervical cancer, including the important people in their lives. We’ve been lucky enough to speak to a couple of men who have been through what may be the most difficult thing their relationship ever goes through.