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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

21st January 2020

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Cervical Cancer Prevention week runs from 20 - 26 January 2020. The purpose of the week is to inform as many people as possible how they can reduce their risk of cervical cancer and also how they can educate others about the disease.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a condition that develops when abnormal cells in the lining of a woman’s cervix grow in an uncontrolled way. It is the fourth most frequent cancer in women and represents approximately 6.6% of all female cancers.

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a very common virus that can be passed through sexual contact. The majority of strains of HPV are harmless, however some can result in abnormalities to the cervix which eventually lead to cervical cancer.

The symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as during or after sex, or in between periods
  • Changes in menstrual cycles
  • Pain in your lower back or pelvis
  • Pain and discomfort during sex

However, those with cervical cancer may not experience any symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage, if at all. Many of the symptoms discussed can have a wide range of causes and may not be a sign of anything serious. If you are concerned about any of the symptoms, you should contact your GP.

If diagnosed at an early stage, cervical cancer is often treatable. Therefore, understanding the symptoms of the disease and attending cervical screening (the ‘smear test’) are both crucial to ensure early diagnosis. All women aged 25 to 49 are offered a cervical screening test every 3 years, whilst those aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every 5 years.

Have I got a claim?

You may have a clinical negligence claim if you or a family member has been misdiagnosed or your cervical cancer went undiagnosed for a long period of time. In particular, if you have suffered any of the following, then you may have a claim:

  • Failure to refer for further investigations
  • Failure to carry out adequate examinations
  • Your cervical screening has been misinterpreted
  • You had to have more invasive treatment which could have been avoided if a diagnosis had been made earlier

 If you or a family member has been affected by cervical cancer and you think you have received negligent care, please contact a member of the Higgs & Sons Clinical Negligence Team on 0800 073 8080 to see how we can help you.

 

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