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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch West Berkshire

Cervical Screening Awareness Week 19-24 June 2023

The NHS has issued a call for anyone eligible for cervical screening to come forward for a potentially life-saving appointment.

Screening helps prevent cervical cancer by using a highly effective test to check for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), which is found in over 99% of all cervical cancers and which may cause abnormal cells to develop in the cervix. These abnormal cells can, over time, turn into cancer if left untreated.

Around 2,700 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, but the NHS screening programme helps save around 5,000 lives each year.

Make an appointment with your GP to book your test, for more information see NHS England — South West » Don’t let embarrassment prevent cervical cancer screening

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