Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 17/01/2022 - 23/01/2022

Cervical Cancer Prevention

During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we want as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others.

Causes of cervical cancer

Anyone with a cervix can get cervical cancer. This includes trans and non-binary people with a cervix. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by an infection with certain high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

You can get HPV from:

  • any skin-to-skin contact of the genital area
  • vaginal, anal or oral sex
  • sharing sex toys

Symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • vaginal bleeding that's unusual for you – including bleeding during or after sex, between your periods or after the menopause, or having heavier periods than usual
  • changes to your vaginal discharge
  • pain during sex
  • pain in your lower back, between your hip bones (pelvis), or in your lower tummy

REMEMBER: If you have any signs or symptoms please visit your GP.

How can you reduce your risk of cervical cancer?

  • women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should attend regular cervical screenings when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
  • Knowing where to find support and further information
  • Looking after your health and wellbeing and boosting your immune system by eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking. You should also practice safe sex and look after your sexual health.

Visit NHS website

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Healthy Living, Stop smoking, Exercise, Sexual Health

External websites: NHS Choices - healthy eating, Cancer Research UK, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust