Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, 22nd – 28th January
Cervical cancer mostly affects women under the age of 45. Almost all cervical cancers are linked to infections with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The NHS now offers vaccination against many types of HPV. If you’re under 25 and you missed having the vaccination when you were aged 12-13, then you may be eligible for immunisation. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/hpv-human-papillomavirus-vaccine/
Anyone who has a cervix can get cervical cancer. If you’re having vaginal bleeding or discharge that’s unusual for you, or pain during sex in your lower back, hips or pelvis, you should seek an appointment with a member of your GP practice team. While there are many reasons why you might have these types of symptoms, it’s important to rule out some causes.