Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.
During Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are working hard to increase awareness of cervical screening as well as the symptoms of cervical cancer.
The most common symptoms include bleeding after sex and between periods, changes to vaginal discharge, lower back pain and pain during sex.
Research by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found that:
- Over half of those aged 18-24 believing vaginal bleeding to be normal and 1 in 4 reporting they had ignored bleeding in between periods more than once
One third of respondents stated that they believed they should book a cervical screening (smear test) appointment if they’re having symptoms.
25% of those experiencing vaginal bleeding would not go to their doctor about it.
1 in 4 said that anxiety would prevent them from accessing virtual GP care.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The findings of this research by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is very worrying.
“I am concerned that many young women aren’t aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and that many also don’t feel confident about going to the doctor with concerns.
“I would encourage all women to get to know more about cervical cancer screening and the symptoms and signs. It could save a life.”