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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - 17 to 23 January 2022

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Monday 17 January 2022

The best way to prevent cervical cancer is to have your HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination when you are offered it aged 12-13 years and attend your screening appointments when you are eligible between the ages of 25 years and 65 years.

Vaccination is offered to anyone aged 12-13.

Screening is widely offered and our recommendation for testing extends to all people with a cervix including women, transgendered men, people who are intersex and people who are non-binary. If you have not had a full hysterectomy or removal of your cervix then you should still get tested.

Recently appointed Public Health Practitioner for Screening, Diane Mathews said the good news is that both the vaccine and the screening are completely free of charge.  She said:

'In a time when many of us are worrying about our money it's a real relief and positive that these services which can help prevent cervical cancer are completely free of charge'.

Cervical cancer is when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix (the lower part of the womb) grow in an uncontrolled way and eventually form a growth which can spread into the surrounding areas or to other areas of the body.

The Human Papilloma Virus is the cause of nearly all cervical cancers because it can cause abnormal cells which can develop into cancer.  We would therefore urge those who have not had regular screening in the past, to please contact your doctor to book an appointment.

Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public health said:

'Each year in Guernsey and Alderney, approximately 5 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed with approximately 1-2 deaths from cervical cancer recorded per year. The cervical screening programme, together with our HPV vaccination programme will help us move towards our goal of eliminating cervical cancer in the Bailiwick.'

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