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cervical screening

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. 

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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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Let’s talk about…accessing smear tests when you have a physical disability

Posted on: Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 by

Smear tests can be difficult for a variety of reasons, but some women can face additional barriers to getting tested. This includes women with a range of physical disabilities such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis. While in some areas women are able to access smear tests, whether through home visits, equipped GPs or provision to attend in other settings such hospitals, this is unequal across the county and mean some women are missing out on tests that could potentially save their lives. 

"Not many of us relish the prospect of having our smear test" MP Paula Sherriff talks smear tests

Posted on: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 by

Paula Sherriff MPLet’s be honest ladies, not many of us relish the prospect of having our smear test, it’s one of those burdensome things that comes with being a woman isn’t it?

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Cervical screening failure

Posted on: Monday, 19th November 2018 by

Kate Sanger, Head of Communications and Public Affairs at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, wrote this blog for The Eve Appeal about the recent cervical screening failure news.

You may have seen the news last week about an error within the cervical screening programme resulting in information letters not being sent out.

It was reported that, unfortunately, earlier this year reminder letters were not sent to 43,220 women. What is more concerning though is that 4,508 results letters were not sent out.

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Delays in smear test results: Why and what to do if you're affected

Posted on: Friday, 10th August 2018 by

Let’s talk about… smear tests and FGM

Posted on: Monday, 6th August 2018 by

Please be aware that this blog contains content that may be distressing to read.

There are lots reasons why women and people with a cervix find it hard to go for cervical screening (smear tests). The Hawa Trust work with communities affected by FGM and we spoke with Hawa Sesay, their Executive Director, about the experience of screening for women who have undergone FGM.

Let’s talk about it…smear tests for lesbian, gay and bisexual women

Posted on: Wednesday, 13th June 2018 by

This blog was originally written for the LGBT Foundation

According to the LGBT Foundation, 17.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) women of eligible screening age (25 to 64) have never been for cervical screening.

Cervical screening (often called a smear test), prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers developing and not attending is actually the biggest risk factor to developing cervical cancer.