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cervical screening

Let’s talk about… why sensitivity matters

Posted on: Wednesday, 21st August 2019 by

Ahead of the third and final part of the new Jade Goody documentary on Channel 4, we’re discussing the sorts of conversations it will inspire, and how we can make sure they are as positive as possible.

Let's talk about...how to access smear tests if you have a physical disability

Posted on: Thursday, 8th August 2019 by

We’ve released a new report today highlighting a barrier to cervical screening which is frankly disgraceful: physical disability. We were shocked by what we found.

Two thirds of women with a physical disability say they have been unable to attend cervical screening because of their disability. We heard from others who have been told they can’t have a test and worryingly numbers who have faced stigma and misconceptions along the way.

“The Salons Supporting Screening community will open up conversations and this is what I am most excited about"

Posted on: Tuesday, 25th June 2019 by

In 2016, I was a full-time police officer. I’m also a mum and at the same time was setting up my own business: a hair and beauty salon which I opened in the March. Needless to say, life was very hectic! It had been about 8 years since I last attended cervical screening (a smear test). My shifts would often change meaning I would have to cancel appointments, and so it was very easy to put it off. 

"What does it all mean?!” – We answer your most common cervical cell change questions

Posted on: Wednesday, 12th June 2019 by

Why cell changes?

Posted on: Sunday, 9th June 2019 by

The cervical screening programme has discouraged LGBT people from attending in the past. But things are beginning to change.

Posted on: Monday, 13th May 2019 by

I guess everyone has familiar thoughts which come to mind when one is en route to a cervical screening appointment.

I bet they range from the mundane – “will the room be cold?” - To – “it’s fantastic the NHS offers the chance to have cervical screening free of charge”.

I imagine that a small, but significant group of women will walk through the door as I often did thinking – what am I doing to say when they ask that question. 

Categories: cervical screening LGBT

What is HPV self-sampling?

Posted on: Friday, 12th April 2019 by

You might have seen recently in the news that there is going to be a pilot scheme in London looking at the best way to offer self-sampling to women as part of the cervical screening programme. We know that lots of people have questions about self-sampling and about this pilot, so hopefully the below will help.

"Jade Goody saved my life"

Posted on: Friday, 22nd March 2019 by

Hayley Prince is a focused care practitioner in the NHS from Stockport. She was 32 when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

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Jade Goody's legacy, 10 years on

Posted on: Wednesday, 20th March 2019 by

The ‘Jade Goody effect’ undoubtedly increased the understanding of cervical cancer and screening but, ten years on, it’s clear we still have a long way to go. 

Categories: cervical screening

Let’s talk about… smear tests for under-25s

Posted on: Monday, 28th January 2019 by

Today in parliament, MPs debate the age at which the cervical screening (a smear test) programme begins. The debate is taking place because of a petition which was created by Natasha Sale and gathered over 160,000 signatures. Natasha Sale was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 28 and very sadly passed away at the age of 31. 

Natasha’s story is incredibly sad. We are thinking of her family and friends who have had to go through this.

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