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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

According to Public Health Englandaround 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 690 women die from the disease. It is estimated that cervical screening currently prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths, so it's important that we encourage all people even if they’ve had the HPV vaccine to attend their cervical screening when they are invited to do so. Regular screening, which only takes a few minutes, can help stop cervical cancer before it starts, as the test identifies potentially harmful cells before they become cancerous, and ensures women get the right treatment as soon as possible. 

Since 2008, girls aged 11 to 13 in the UK have been offered the HPV vaccine and since September 2019, boys of the same age can also get it. Anyone who missed their vaccine can request it through the NHS up to the age of 25. According to the study, published in The Lancetthe vaccine was shown to dramatically reduce cervical cancer rates by almost 90% in women in their 20s who were offered it at age 12 to 13. It is estimated that the HPV vaccination programme prevented around 450 cervical cancers and around 17,200 cases of precancerous conditions over an 11-year period. Together with cervical screening, HPV vaccines can help to protect more women from preventable cases of cervical cancer. 

To mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month we are sharing some useful information on risk factors, symptoms, screening and treatment of cervical cancer. Have a look at our guide below and share it with your colleagues to help us raise awareness of this disease and promote cervical screening.