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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch West Berkshire

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22nd - 28th January 2024

Cervical cancer remains a formidable health challenge, affecting women of all ages and backgrounds.

Cervical cancer is a global health issue, ranking as the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. It is estimated that over 90% of cervical cancer cases are linked to persistent infection with high-risk types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The good news is that cervical cancer is largely preventable through vaccination against HPV and regular screenings.

Progress has been made in understanding and preventing this disease, and the importance of regular screenings cannot be overstated.

Younger women, often in their late teens and early twenties, might not feel the immediate threat of cervical cancer, and women from diverse ethnic backgrounds often face unique challenges in accessing healthcare services. Language barriers, cultural stigmas, and socioeconomic factors can hinder timely screenings. Emphasising the importance of check-ups in diverse communities is crucial to overcoming these barriers.

Awareness is key.

Women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds who engage in regular check-ups are not only proactively safeguarding their health but are also actively participating in their overall well-being.

These check-ups serve as platforms for education, empowering young women with knowledge about cervical health, preventive measures, and family planning.

Find out more about cervical cancer here. Cervical cancer - NHS (

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