Today continues the week long campaign to raise awareness of cervical cancer.
In the name of cervical cancer, this week the world stands together for the prevention of the disease. Since yesterday, women across the world have voiced their support and shared their smeared makeup pictures to raise awareness for the cause.
Around 3,000 are diagnosed each year, making it the most common cancer among women under 35, yet smear tests are only offered to 25 to 49 year olds.
Robert Music, Chief Executive for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “The number of women in England attending smear tests is at a 19-year low and the number of women being diagnosed is worryingly high. We simply cannot afford for this to continue.”
Last year only 70.4% of women in Bournemouth attended their smear test, making it the third lowest area in the South West. Smear tests prevent against 75% of cervical cancers.
He said: “I would encourage every woman to attend their smear test when invited and hope that people in Bournemouth will join our #SmearForSmear campaign to raise awareness of smear tests.”
This year celebrities, such as reality-star Charlotte Crosby and British television presenter Nicki Chapman, continue to support the cause on social media by sharing their Smear for Smear selfies, organised by Jo’s Trust.
— Charlotte Crosby (@Charlottegshore) January 22, 2017
— Danielle Armstrong (@Daniarmstrong88) January 22, 2017
— Jo’s Trust (@JoTrust) January 24, 2017
— Nicki Chapman (@Nicki_Chapman) January 23, 2017
Attend your smear, reduce your risk of cervical cancer. I nominate @celindeschoenmaker to do a #SmearForSmear selfie !! A woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer every 3 hours, yet it is one of the cancers that can be prevented. Attend your smear test; reduce your risk of cervical cancer. It may save your life. You can also help Jo’s support women affected by cervical cancer by texting JOT01 £5 to 70070
Symptoms of cervical cancer include abnormal vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, pain during sex, vaginal bleeding after the menopause, blood-stained vaginal discharge, increased frequency of urination, diarrhoea and pain in your pelvis. However aren’t exclusively caused by the cancer.
The persistent infection human papillomavirus (HPV) is thought to be the most common cause of the cancer which is spread through intimate contact during sex. One in three women develop HPV, but the type to cause genital warts does not usually lead to it.