Cervical Screening Awareness Week (17 – 23 June 2024)

NHS urges people to book their cervical screening

This Cervical Screening Awareness Week (17 – 23 June 2024), the NHS is encouraging anyone who has received an invitation for cervical screening to book their appointment now.

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme saves thousands of lives every year by checking for high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a group of viruses that cause nearly all cervical cancers.

High-risk HPV testing (performed at your cervical screening) is a more sensitive and accurate test than the previous method and is the best way to find out who is at higher risk of developing the cervical cell changes that over time could potentially lead to cervical cancer.

Even if you’ve been vaccinated against HPV, it’s still important that you attend your cervical screening appointment when invited. Combined with the HPV vaccine, cervical screening could make cervical cancer a thing of the past.

Every screening we do is potentially saving a life. If you missed your last cervical screening, book an appointment with your GP practice now โ€“ it is not too late and the NHS is here to support you.

If youโ€™ve received your invitation, call your GP practice to book as soon as possible – evening and weekend appointments may be available. Some local sexual health services also offer cervical screening.

  • If you have received an invitation for cervical screening, please donโ€™t wait. Call your GP practice to book an appointment as soon as possible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some GP practices, making it more convenient for you to attend. Some local sexual health services also offer cervical screening.
  • If you missed your last cervical screening, book an appointment with your GP practice now โ€“ it is not too late. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some GP practices, making it more convenient for you to attend.
  • The NHS Cervical Screening Programme saves thousands of lives every year by checking for high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which causes nearly all cervical cancers.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name of a common group of viruses that can cause various conditions such as genital warts or cancer.
  • High-risk HPV DNA is found in over 99% of all cervical cancers. Cervical screening checks for these types of the HPV virus which can cause cell changes. However, having HPV does not mean that you have or will develop cervical cancer.
  • High-risk HPV testing is a more sensitive and accurate test than the previous screening method, which tested for abnormal cells, and is the best way to find out who is at higher risk of developing the cervical cell changes that over time could potentially lead to cervical cancer.
  • Even if you’ve had a HPV vaccination it’s important that you attend your cervical screening appointment when invited because the HPV vaccine doesn’t protect against all strains of HPV.
  • The HPV vaccination, cervical screening and treatment for cell changes can all help prevent cervical cancer.

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