This week (10-16 June) is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is reminding women how important it is to go for a smear test to help to detect cell changes which could develop into cervical cancer.
Jo’s Trust has released the findings of a new report: Not so simple. The impact of cervical cell changes and treatment looking at the experiences of women diagnosed with cervical cell changes (abnormal cells).
The consequences of cervical cancer can be devastating and Jo’s Trust does not want people to be put off attending cervical screening or having treatment to prevent it developing. Instead they want to see greater awareness of the needs of women with cell changes.
In Barnsley latest data for 2018 shows that 76 per cent of Barnsley women eligible for cervical screening aged 25 to 64 years have been screened adequately within the previous 3.5 years.
This is significantly better than the England average. However, the borough has noted a downward trend in coverage locally and nationally the uptake is at a 20-year low with the 2018 data illustrating that 71.4 per cent of eligible women screened.
Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health in Barnsley, said: ““It’s so important for women to go to their screening and then have the information and support to confidently attend any follow up appointments necessary.”
We will continue to work with our health providers here in Barnsley to make sure that women receive standardised information about potential side effects to better support those having treatment.”
The report can be read in full at www.jostrust.org.uk/notsosimple
For more information about cervical cancer visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-cancer