NAWP produces factsheet to mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2021

It is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (18 – 24 January 2021), an opportunity to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and how these risks can be reduced in order to prevent the disease.

Sat 23rd January 2021 The PDA

Each day in the UK over 8 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and 2 people lose their lives to the disease.

The symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious as many are non-specific. There may not be any symptoms at all until it has reached an advanced stage, which is why cervical cancer is known as the ‘silent killer.’  However, 99.8% of cervical cancer cases are preventable.

Once diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is discovered early and managed effectively. Many cases are detected through regular cervical screening (previously known as ‘smear tests’).

Women are usually born with a cervix. Transgender men, non-binary and intersex people may also have one. All people with a cervix are at risk of cervical cancer regardless of their age, with incidence rates being highest in females aged 30 – 34.

The National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) wants to increase awareness of this issue as a risk to members of the profession as well as to patients. NAWP has produced a factsheet to coincide with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2021.

Download the factsheet here

thumbnail of NAWP Cervical Cancer Factsheet

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