Cervical Cancer Awareness
Cervical cancer is preventable but kills 2,000 women a year in Britain. If all women had regular smear tests, this number could be drastically reduced. Early treatment can also ensure that women are still able to have children.
Most Doctors surgeries and health practices now provide a women's health screening service. Usually you will be sent a letter inviting you to attend for cervical screening, but if not, you should make enquiries with your GP.
The screening for cervical cancer, which should be done at least every three years, involves a simple, painless, smear being taken from the cervix, which is the opening to the womb at the top of the vagina. This smear is analysed. You should then be notified of the result of the test by your Doctor, and told if any follow-up smears or treatment are necessary. If you do not receive the results of your test, make enquiries to your Doctor.
It can be difficult to spare the time for screening when you are busy at work, but most of the employers with whom the CWU negotiates will allow women paid time-off to attend Well Women Clinics if appointments can only be made in work time. When you attend for screening, the Practice Nurse or Doctor will also show you how to examine your breasts to detect any lumps or changes. Should you find any abnormalities while self-examining, you must immediately notify your Doctor.
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