Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, is supporting this years Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and their campaign to ensure every woman knows how they can reduce their risk of the disease.
The theme for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 is “Reduce your risk”. Cervical cancer can be prevented and with the help of everyone we can ensure every woman knows how they can reduce their risk of the disease and the steps they can take to look after their health.
• Attending cervical screening when invited
• Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
• Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
• Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
• Knowing where to find support and further information.
Cervical cancer is not thought to be hereditary. In 99.7% of cases, cervical cancers are caused by persistent infections with a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a very common virus transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, yet one in three young women don’t attend their smear test.
“With the number of women attending a smear test reducing, campaigns such as #SmearForSmear are absolutely vital so that every woman not only attends their smear test but are also aware of ways in which they can reduce their risk of the disease.”