Local MP supports Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Steve McCabe MP is supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

Steve McCabe MP has joined campaigners from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to raise awareness about how women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer. Over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK, yet it is one of the only cancers that can be prevented and one day could become a disease of the past.

Cervical screening (smear tests) are the best protection against the disease, followed by the HPV vaccine offered in schools. However, cervical screening uptake is at a 21-year low in England. It is at just 71.4%, meaning that more than one in four women are not booking a potentially life-saving test.

This week Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has published new research which has found young women who delay or don’t go for cervical screening feel scared (71%), vulnerable (75%) and embarrassed (81%) at the thought of going. A worrying two thirds (67%) say they would not feel in control at the prospect of a test (full details are here: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/node/1076499)

Steve McCabe MP said: “I am proud to be working with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week to raise awareness of cervical screening. Cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers developing, so it is worrying to hear that many are putting off a screening. If you are scared or concerned about a smear test, speak to your GP or a nurse who will be able to help you through the process.”

Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “We are delighted to have Steve McCabe MP’s support to help raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening. Smear tests provide the best protection against cervical cancer yet we know they aren’t always easy. We want women to feel comfortable talking to their nurse and asking questions. It’s not making a fuss and there are many ways to make the test easier. Please don’t let your fears stop you booking a test.” 

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Steve McCabe is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak, and has been an MP continuously since 1 May 1997.

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