Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (18th-24th January 2021)
As this week (18-24th January 2021) is Cervical Cancer Prevention week, Healthwatch Blackpool want to take this opportunity to urge members of our local community to attend their cervical screening appointments.
For women and people with a cervix, booking a cervical screening appointment may feel incredibly daunting and we completely understand this. This is why we want to remind people that there are various actions that can be taken to make the experience more comfortable, for example requesting a female nurse or doctor to conduct the screening.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, so being aware of the signs and symptoms is also key. The most common symptoms, taken from Cancer Research, include:
Vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you e.g. after sex, between regular periods
Pain or discomfort during sex
Pain in the pelvic area between the hip bones