To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week Sir David added his support to the #SmearforSmear campaign and urged all women to get the potentially life-saving test done. The Southend West MP attended a special event in the House of Commons organised by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer.
Running from 21st- 27th January, Cervical Cancer Prevention Week aims to how the disease can be prevented and educate women on how to reduce their risk. In the UK, 2 women lose their lives to cervical cancer in the UK, yet up to 75% of cases could be prevented by cervical screening. Smear test uptake in England is at a 21-year low, with more than 1 in 4 women not attending their appointments. The #SmearforSmear campaign hopes to changes this, and encourage women not to put it off.
Sir David said ‘As a husband and father of 4 daughters, I am well aware that no-one like smear tests. They aren’t always easy or comfortable, but they can save lives. It is so important that everyone is aware of how they can reduce the risks of cervical cancer, and to get that potentially life-saving smear test done.’
Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “We are delighted to have Sir David Amess MP’s support to help raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening. Smear tests provide the best protection against cervical cancer yet we know they aren’t always easy. We want women to feel comfortable talking to their nurse and asking questions. It’s not making a fuss and there are many ways to make the test easier. Please don’t let your fears stop you booking a test.”
More information on Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and how to book your smear test can be found at: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-preve…