Cervical cancer affects women.
Cervical cancer develops in a woman’s cervix – the cervix is at the start of the womb, near the vagina.
This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.
Be aware about cervical cancer.
What are the symptoms?
Lots of people don’t have any symptoms, especially when the cancer has just started.
- Sometimes women bleed from their vagina (not a period) after sex.
- Sometimes women bleed in-between periods.
- Older women who don’t have periods any more (menopause) sometimes bleed.
If you bleed unexpectedly, it doesn’t mean you 100% have cervical cancer. But, it is a good idea to see your doctor to double check.
Subtitled information video about cervical cancer
How is cervical cancer diagnosed?
The NHS offer free checks to women aged 25 to 60. This check is called a ‘Smear Test’. Women can have their Smear Test at the doctors or sexual health clinic.
- During a test, a woman needs to take off her pants and lay down.
- A nurse will take a swab from inside the woman’s vagina. The swab will be sent away to be checked.
How is cervical cancer treated?
- Sometimes, through surgery.
- Sometimes, a woman’s womb needs to be removed. This is called a hysterectomy.
- Some women have radiotherapy.
- Some women have radiotherapy and chemotherapy.