Experts say screening needs to be stepped up to end cervical cancer travail
According to charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK can stop the disease if clear targets and timelines are set. His study found that only one-fifth of healthcare professionals believe enough is being done to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated against the most common cause of cancer, the human papillomavirus.
And only 16 percent were happy with efforts to improve screening – three out of ten women in England are not aware.
As Cervical Cancer Prevention Week began today, General Practitioner Dr. Ellie Cannon said, “Ending cervical cancer must be a priority.
“Progress to date has been too slow. Doctors like me are still seeing too many people miss screenings when they are called, meaning they are in danger of being diagnosed late. This needs to be changed.”
In the UK, cervical cancer claims two lives every day. Approximately 3,200 women are diagnosed each year.
The Joe Cervical Cancer Foundation said HPV self-sampling, which allows women to be tested for the virus at home, is a “better opportunity” to improve screening efficiency.
During the trial, the NHS sent test kits to 31,000 women in areas of London with low swab attendance.
Saved by radical operation
Aeron Smith underwent a radical hysterectomy in 2020 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer that had already spread to her lymph nodes.
She ordered the slander after she saw a story about reality TV star Jade Goody, who died of an illness in 2009.
After further treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy, 44-year-old Aeron from Surrey recovered. She said: “The cancer does not go away after treatment – I am now going through early menopause and also struggling with fertility loss.
“The thought that one day we can almost make this cancer disappear is unbelievable.
“Why don’t we run after this opportunity and shout about it?”
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