Brinkmann Gynaecology

Cervical screening awareness week with Jo's Trust

Cervical screening is very important as it can stop cervical cancer from developing in the first place.

Cervical cancer is one of the few preventable cancers because screening identifies abnormal cell changes before they can develop into a cancer. In spite of this 22% of women in the UK still do not attend their cervical screening appointments. Evidence also tell us that the incidence of cervical cancer in the Portsmouth area is higher compared to the south of England average so it pays to be vigilant.

Cervical cancer screening saves over 5,000 lives a year. But public knowledge and understanding of cervical cancer and screening is low and there has been a downward trend in the number of women having the test.

Quick facts

  • In England the cervical screening programme is offered to women after their 25th birthday
  • Between the ages of 25 and 49 you have screening every 3 years
  • Between 50 and 64 years you have screening every 5 years
  • Smoking doubles your risk of developing cervical cancer and can make it harder to treat normal cells
  • Cervical cancer is most common in women between the ages of 30-45
  • We know from research that cervical cancer is very rare before the age of 25
  • Younger women are more likely to receive an abnormal test result
  • Cell changes found in younger women are less likely to develop into cancer
  • Younger women are therefore more likely to have unnecessary further investigations and treatments

In spite of the recent and very emotive debate about reducing the age of screening, the balance of evidence still suggests that cervical screening for women under 25 would likely do more overall harm than good.

Crucially, if women have symptoms at any age, they should tell their doctor, even if they’ve recently been for screening.

The good news is that cervical cancer is largely preventable by:
  • getting vaccinated
  • being screened
  • not smoking

If you have any concerns or wish to arrange a cervical screening test request an appointment.

Brinkmann Gynaecology acknowledges the excellent work done by Jo’s Trust and Cancer Research UK.