January 22nd-28th 2018
This week is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, an annual campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the illness and the importance of having smear tests in order to identify it at the earliest possible stage.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35. Every day 9 women in the UK are diagnosed and 2 lose their lives to the disease.
Smear tests are highly effective in the battle against cervical cancer as cervical screening can prevent 75% of cervical cancers. That’s because 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by persistent infections with a high-risk HPV virus, which is transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area. HPV virus is very common and around four out of five sexually active adults will be infected with some type of HPV in their lives. While HPV infection is common, cervical cancer is much rarer; but screening can help to identify any worrying signs for early treatment.
Women aged 25-49 are invited for a smear test every 3 years and women aged 50-64 are invited every 5 years. However 1 in 4 women do not attend this potentially life-saving test for a variety of reasons. Some may not see it as a priority, find it hard to get an appointment or are reluctant to take time off work. Others fear the discomfort involved or are worried about exposing their intimate area to a medical professional.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week seeks to promote the importance of regular smear tests to reduce the risks.
Cancer Minister Steve Brine said:
“We must all take a stand against cancer, that’s why I’m pleased to support this campaign so we can continue to see cancer survival rates improve and more cases prevented.
“Lives can be saved if women book an appointment for cervical screening when invited. Our NHS doctors and nurses are always on hand to offer guidance and support if women need to discuss that decision.”
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week is organised and promoted by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (www.jostrust.org.uk), which is the UK’s only dedicated charity offering support and information to women of all ages and their loved ones affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The National Helpline is on 0808 802 8000.
Sexual Health Checks London
The Smart Clinics offers confidential smear testing and a range of other screening services at their private sexual health clinics in London with the support of a confidential team of doctors and nurses.
This service is available to non-members as well as those who have registered with The Smart Clinics’ membership scheme.
A spokesperson for the company said:
“We would urge any woman who is overdue for a smear test to book in as soon as possible. We understand it is not the most enjoyable experience, but it is a really important health check. It’s over very quickly and our team will make it as comfortable and unembarrassing as possible for you.”
The Smart Clinics
The Smart Clinics based in London offers private GP services in a choice of two London clinics based in Brompton Cross and Wandsworth. The service offers generous appointment times and no waiting lists.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Patients are also welcome on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Referrals for a range of conditions can be made to their private healthcare specialists.
The company was founded in 2013 is an independent company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare.
For more information, telephone our team on 020 7052 0070.