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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – 20th – 26th January 2020.

Cervical Cancer Prevention week aims to educate as many women as possible as to how they can reduce their risk of the disease whilst also ‘smearing’ the stigma and myths that exist around smear tests and HPV.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the cervix of the uterus and is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

1 in 142 females will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK in their lifetime.*

Attendance at cervical smears is falling

Smear tests aren’t always easy, but they can prevent cervical cancer.

During 2009, attendance at smears was 70% higher following the diagnosis, and death of TV personality, Jade Goody. Unfortunately, in recent years, there has been a decline in coverage of cervical screening, particularly amongst women aged 25-29.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine offers some protection and, as of September 2019 is now offered to all 12 -13-year olds in school Year 8. The vaccine protects against 7 in 10 cases of cervical cancer, meaning it is vital that women still attend their smear tests as they detect any abnormal cells caused by other HPV viruses. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent and cure cervical cancer.

Symptoms of cervical cancer

It is vitally important that you attend your smear test when you are invited, as symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious. If you have or are experiencing any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with you GP as soon as possible:

  • Abnormal bleeding – during or after sex or in between periods
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Unusual vaginal discharge

Treatment for cervical cancer

Patients diagnosed at an early stage are more likely to survive cancer, as they are likely to have a number of different treatment options available to them.

The treatment(s) that you are offered for cervical cancer will depend on how far the cancer has spread.

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) of specialists will work together to identify the best course of treatment(s) for you.

In most cases the option available to you are:

  • Early cervical cancer – surgery to remove the cervix and some or all of the womb, radiotherapy or both.
  • Advanced cervical cancer – radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy and sometimes surgery.

Cervical cancer medical negligence claims

Unfortunately, one of the most common types of medical negligence claims are cases involving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

In cases where your cancer was diagnosed late, misdiagnosed or you received improper treatment you may be able to claim compensation.

Claims may also arise following a hysterectomy, which although a safe and relatively straightforward procedure, also carries risks, which if not managed properly can lead to complications. Sara Westwood has previously acted on behalf of a client who suffered damage to her ureter during a hysterectomy. There was a delay in diagnosing the injury, leaving her with irreparable damage and further surgery to remove her kidney.

Our expert medical negligence lawyers provide sensitive and timely legal advice to people with mistreated cancer claims.

Contact our team on 01603 877000 | info@m-j-p.co.uk

For more information and details about #SmearForSmear and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, please click here.

*www.cancerresearchuk.org

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