Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) 2017 will take place from 12-18 June – sign up to our newsletter to keep updated.
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Cervical screening is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer yet across the UK figures for 2014 show a significant drop as age increases, for example in England screening uptake fell from 81.6 per cent of 50-54 year olds to 74.8 per cent of 55-59 year olds and 73.2 per cent of 60-64 year olds. Data also shows that over a third of diagnoses in England were in women over 50 and those aged 50-64 are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage cervical cancer, with 49 per cent as stage two or later. Due to these worrying trends in older women we commissioned a survey looking into what women aged 50-64 know about cervical cancer, its cause and prevention.
The awareness week, led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, saw a great amount of media covering the issues of screening among older women, increasing awareness of cervical cancer and prevention not only among older women but also among the general public.