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New information

We have recently updated some information! Please visit the links below and familiarise yourself with the information. If you have any questions or would like more information please email [email protected]

Colposcopy webpages

We have updated our colposcopy information to reflect changes due to coronavirus. Please familiarise yourself with the the information so you able to support any callers to the helpline.View the updated pages here:

Fertility webpages

We have new, supportive information about the impact of fertility changes, including signposting to other helpful organisations. The new webpages are:

Symptoms webpage

We have updated our information about cervical cancer symptoms. Important changes:

  • We now talk about 'pelvic and lower back pain' (instead of only lower back pain). 
  • We explain what should happen if someone presents with symptoms, including an explanation of a pelvic examination. 
  • We currently include information about coronavirus, including how a GP may assess someone over the phone or video call.

Coronavirus information

We have put together an information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for people who have or have had cervical cancer. There is also additional support and signposting information for you as helpliners. We will update these pages as we get more queries and if the official advice changes. Our Jo's Coronavirus update hub includes links to new information pages, blogs and other useful resources.

HPV primary screening webpage

From Monday 16 March, cervical cytology will be replaced by HPV primary testing in the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme. The last day of cervical cytology was on Friday 13 March and those who have been screened this way will be on 3 year recall. For those being screened through HPV primary, they will be on 5 year recall.

Please do not worry about these changes. We will share any further updates with you, in the meantime please keep up to date with the information on HPV primary screening webpage.

Cervical screening webpages

We have updated our cervical screnning pages on our website including HPV primary screening, screening aged 65, 24 and under.

HPV webpages

Our web pages about HPV has been revised. Visit the landing page and read through the different pages from there, including what HPV is, how it is passed on, the link between HPV and cervical cancer, FAQs as well as our latest addition on HPV primary screening.

HPV vaccine webpages 

Our web section on the HPV vaccine has been revised. Visit the landing page and read through the different pages from there, including what the HPV vaccine is, who can have it, side effects and FAQs. Important things to note:

  • Major updates around the HPV vaccine for boys and men. In June 2018, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that boys should also be offered the HPV vaccine. The health departments for each UK country will now decide whether to extend the vaccine to boys, with Scotland and Wales already committing to rolling it out.

Cell changes (abnormal cells) webpages

We have updated the information on our website on cell changes (abnormal cells). These pages will tell you about what cell changes are and how they are monitored or treated. Please familiarise yourself with the the information so you able to support any callers to the helpline.View the updated pages here:

Menopause webpages

We have updated our information about the menopause – specifically menopause that has been triggered by cervical cancer treatment. It sits in our ‘Living with cervical cancer’ web section and has 3 pages. We now do a lot more signposting to other reputable sources of information, if you are dealing directly with people affected by cervical cancer, these might be helpful for future conversations. Also note the information about risk on the HRT page. There have been a lot of news stories recently that sensationalised the level of risk, which may lead to people choosing not to have treatment that could greatly improve their quality of life.  View the updated pages here:

Cervical screening after sexual violence webpages

Please note that this content may be distressing to read. Practice self-care and know it is okay to not read this content, or not read it all in one go.

We have created new online information about cervical screening after sexual violence in partnership with Rape Crisis England and Wales:

We also wanted to share the following powerful and insightful article with you: Nothing can prepare you for the first smear test after you’ve been sexually assaulted

Date last updated: 
14 May 2020