Tuesday, 16 June 2015

FW: Parliamentary support: Cervical Screening Awareness Week 15-21 June

Mr Jones,

This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week, which aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening and how attending a screening appointment can help to prevent cervical cancer.

The UK has a cervical screening programme that saves 5,000 lives a year; however eight women are given a diagnosis of cervical cancer each day. Despite the fact that cervical cancer is largely preventable, over 22% of women still do not attend their cervical screening, and with the numbers attending their screening appointments at their lowest since 1998, raising public awareness of cervical cancer prevention must be a priority. A report commissioned by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in 2014 showed that if 85% of women attended their screening, the incidence of cervical cancer could decrease by 14% in just one year and deaths would fall by 27% over five years.


To mark the start of the week, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s has published a new study which revealed that two thirds (60%) of women aged 50-64 do not know HPV causes cervical cancer, and that many failed to link historic sexual activity as a threat to the virus laying dormant and developing into cervical cancer later in life. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s call for more research into HPV self-sampling, as a result of the study’s findings, has today received widespread support in the media and we hope this extends to Westminster and among parliamentarians throughout the week.

We are asking MPs to support Cervical Screening Awareness Week, in Parliament and through social media channels, to help improve awareness of cervical cancer and highlight the importance of cervical screening.

o “This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week. Find out more at: http://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week @jotrust #CSAW2015”

o “Pleased to be supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week. Find out more at: http://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week @jotrust #CSAW2015”

Kind regards,

Robert Music

Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust