First ever cervical cancer awareness roadshow to launch in Glasgow

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 11:34
  • Glasgow has the lowest cervical screening uptake in Scotland
  • The Lord Provost of Glasgow will be attending the launch on 20th March at 1pm

National charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is launching its first ever roadshow on 20th March at Glasgow’s George Square. The Be Cervix Savvy Roadshow will visit 16 cities over a 14 week period across the UK and is starting in Glasgow as the area has the lowest attendance of cervical screening in Scotland and incidence of cervical cancer is currently the highest since 1993.

Last year over one in three women in Greater Glasgow did not attend potentially life-saving cervical screening when invited and the charity hopes that their Roadshow will help to reverse this through raising awareness of the role of the test in preventing cervical cancer.

385 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in Scotland in 2014[1], a worrying 18% increase from the previous year. Despite cervical screening preventing up to 75% of cervical cancers, the number of women attending the test is currently at a 10 year low[2].

The Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust Be Cervix Savvy Roadshow will visit four locations in Glasgow, George Square (20-21 March), March Buchanan Street (23-24 March), Shandwick Square (27-28 March) and Forge Market (30-31 March), and the charity hopes to engage with over 800 women to raise awareness of cervical cancer and how it can be prevented. The charity’s trained Roadshow team will be available to answer questions about all aspects of cervical cancer, including the HPV vaccination, cervical screening, signs and symptoms of cervical cancer and how women can reduce their risk of the disease which currently claims two lives every day across the UK. Visitors to the roadshow will also be able to access health information, find out about local health services and have a more in-depth private conversation on the charity’s free, confidential Helpline.

Hazel Galloway aged 28 from Glasgow said: “I was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer in April 2015 after over a year of various period issues and pain. I had to have a hysterectomy including lymph node removal in May 2016 but have thankfully been cancer free for almost a year now. It is so important to me that more women are aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer. The Jo’s roadshow will provide a fantastic opportunity for women in Glasgow to find out how they can protect their health, reduce their risk of the disease and become cervix savvy. I have found their information and support invaluable since my diagnosis.”

Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease yet every year over 3,000 women are given a life-changing cervical diagnosis. We hope our Roadshow will provide vital information to women across the UK about the steps they can take to reduce their risk of the disease and reduce the number of lives lost to the disease.  Our Roadshow offers free, confidential support and information about cervical cancer, cervical screening and the HPV vaccination and I want to encourage anyone with worries or questions to come and have a chat with our trained team.”

Find out more about the Be Cervix Savvy Roadshow at jostrust.org.uk/BeCervixSavvy

 

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Notes to editors

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (www.jostrust.org.uk) is the UK’s only dedicated charity offering support and information to women of all ages and their loved ones affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The National Helpline is on 0808 802 8000.

About cervical cancer

  • The majority (99.7%) of cervical cancers are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which causes changes to the cervical cells.
  • HPV is an extremely common virus; around four out of five people are exposed to the virus. Anyone who is sexually active can be infected with HPV at some time. The body’s immune system will usually clear it up.
  • 220,000 UK women are diagnosed with cervical abnormalities each year.
  • Over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 890 women lose their lives every year.

About cervical screening

  • 5 million UK women are invited to cervical screening each year.
  • Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years and women aged 50-64 are invited every five years.
  • Women who have received the HPV vaccine will still have to attend cervical screening.