this week is cervical cancer prevention week, From 23 to 29 January, it aims to spread awareness about cervical cancer and make it a thing of the past.
Around 3,200 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK.
It is the 14th most common cancer in people with a cervix in the UK, and more than half of cervical cancer cases diagnosed each year in the UK are in people under the age of 45.
99.8% of cases are preventable, which means attending your screenings is vital. However, there are still plenty of reasons why women, trans men, and non-binary people don’t want to get involved. Reasons vary, but many are affected by trauma, others are not physically able to reach a GP.
Here are some reasons why some people are still hesitant about having their cervical screening tests.
Pain and trauma may keep some people from getting cervical cancer screening
Writer Emma Szewczak shared her thoughts on a thread on Twitter, saying, “Oh look at this, another #cervical screening Public awareness campaign that assumes people forget to book appointments, or are too “embarrassed” to do so (pain! trauma!) instead of acknowledging the real reasons for poor attendance.
The NHS still won’t do them at home for people who can’t attend a GP
Trans and non-binary people with cervical mucus are less likely to go to appointments
As well as making it impossible to get a cervical screening appointment, there can be waiting times.
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