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22 - 28 January 2024

Cervical Screening (also known as a Smear test) is a free NHS health test that is offered to women and all people with a cervix between the ages of 25 to 64. It helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for human papillomavirus (HPV) which can be passed through forms of sexual contact.

Currently, only 66% of 25 to 49-year-olds attend cervical screening, with the attendance significantly higher for 50 to 64-year-olds at 74% nationally.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has partnered with the four NHS Cancer Alliances in London to launch this campaign during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – 22nd to 28th January 2024. The South East London Cancer AllianceNorth Central London Cancer AllianceNorth East London Cancer Alliance and RM Partners are all responsible for improving cancer diagnosis, care treatment for patients in London. 

This Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we have teamed up with 
Bake Off Star Laura Adlington and GP Dr Nighat in a series of video's discussing the link between sex and cervical cancer and debunking the common misconceptions about cervical screening.

Don't Miss Out, this is a life saving test, when invited: #GetScreenedNow

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Dr Nighat Arif and Laura Adlington
  • What is cervical screening?
  • Will a man do my cervical screening or can I request a woman?
  • Can I still attend my cervical screening if I'm on my period?
  • In my religion, I don't have sex outside of marriage. Do I still need to attend my cervical screening?
  • I'm a virgin, do I still need to go for my cervical screening?
  • My last screening was really painful, so can I miss my next one? or what can I do make it less painful?
  • My screening came back positive for HPV. What does that mean? Is it an STI?
  • I don't have any symptoms, so does that mean I don't need to attend my cervical screening?
  • I’ve recently had a baby, didn't they do a screening when I gave birth or during my antenatal appointments?
  • I missed my HPV vaccination when in school, can I still get one?
  • I'm over 64, can I still receive a cervical screening?
  • I've received the HPV vaccination, so do I still need to attend a cervical screening?
  • Can cervical cancer be prevented?
  • What if someone was worried because they are body-conscious or just cervical screening in General?
Dr Nighat Arif holding a campaign sign.
Laura Adlington holding a campaign sign.

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