- In the UK, every year, over 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer
- Nearly 1,000 women die from the disease every year
- It is not thought that cervical cancer is hereditary
- In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by persistent infection with a virus called human papillomavirus, which can be transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area
- Four out of five people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives
Source: Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention week, charities are raising awareness of cervical cancer symptoms.
Charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust said that most women dismiss symptoms as 'just part and parcel of being a woman.'
– Robert Music, director of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
Symptoms for cervical cancer like abnormal bleeding and pain during sex can be quite common, so it's understandable that women may not take urgent action.
However, it is worrying to see that many are prepared to put up with these conditions, dismissing them as normal and just part and parcel of being a woman.
Every day in the UK nine women are diagnosed and nearly three women die from the disease. Early detection is, therefore, key to improving survival rates and quality of life.
Only a third of women would visit their doctor if they experienced symptoms of cervical cancer, according to a new report.
Of the 2,700 women questioned by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, over 30 per cent of them admitted they would see a doctor, if they experienced abnormal bleeding.
One in five women who had experienced another symptom of cervical cancer, pain during sex, did not seek medical advice.
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