Get a Pap Test for Cervical Health Awareness

A spokesperson for the campaign added: "The Pearl of Wisdom Campaign is the largest event of the year for CervicalCheck and gives the programme a prime opportunity to raise awareness among women aged 25 to 60 about the importance of regular cervical screening in preventing cervical cancer". These changes are based on scientific evidence that demonstrated that cervical cancer is nearly always associated with a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), that the cancer develops slowly over years not months, and that it is extremely rare in women under 21.

It's estimated that about 79 million Americans have HPV but many don't even know they're infected, as most people never develop symptoms.

Did you know that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women?

A spokesperson for NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group said it wanted to increase understanding about cervical screening and the need for regular smear tests, which can highlight women who need early treatment and prevent unnecessary deaths. Women who get well woman care in specialty women's health care settings should make sure that their Pap test results are sent to their primary care provider.

With battles raging in the war against cancer, health care experts are seeing progress in at least one fight: cervical cancer.

Unexplained changes to your stool and bathroom habits are symptoms of cervical cancer, and they are especially worrying when they've been happening for a while.

Praise Viewers took to Twitter to thank the Prime Minister for speaking frankly on the issue of smear tests including Banbury Conservative MP Victoria Prentis
National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

The charity is releasing the new data today, at the start of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and as it launches its smear test campaign: #SmearForSmear. Widespread HPV vaccination "would have huge potential" to reduce cervical as well as other types of cancer, McClenathan said.

Now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be asked to take a fresh look at the issue, as the Prime Minister urged women to keep up to date with checks and acknowledged questions have been raised about the scheme. This encouragement stems from the fact that the vaccine only works on HPV strains that a person has not been exposed to because the vaccine does not treat existing infections or HPV-associated diseases. How often a woman needs to be screened depends on her age and health history.

In North Lincolnshire there are between 10 and 15 women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 and is one of the only cancers that can be prevented.

According to Duska, for the last decade, there has been a big push to get younger girls, particularly those between 11 to 12 years old, vaccinated.

Boys are also encouraged to get the HPV vaccine. The procedure involves taking a swab of the cervix, if any abnormal cells are found, the Pap test is done again followed by a colposcopy so as to determine the changes in the cells in a better way. This virus is usually transmitted by means of intimate skin-to-skin contact or sexual interaction with someone who has HPV. In November, the Navy hospital received a Military Health System High Reliability in Healthcare Award in the health care quality and patient safety category.

  • Jacqueline Ellis