Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Each day, 8 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women will die from the disease in the UK. Despite this, women are still failing to attend the screening tests that can detect this cancer early. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week begins on the 24th January and hopes to change these statistics by raising awareness that cervical cancer can be prevented.
Often, cervical cancer doesn't show symptoms in its early stages, which is why screening is vital to detect and treat the disease early. Cervical screening (also known as a smear test) is offered to women aged over 25 in the UK, and is a 5 minute test to detect abnormal cervical cells.
Unfortunately, figures show that screening for cervical cancer is dropping
. Despite there being a 60% rise in the number of people being diagnosed with cervical cancer in the last 10 years, 10% of women still aren't attending their first smear test.
campaign, led by charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
, encourages women to raise awareness by taking a lipstick smear selfie and sharing it on social media. This hopes to spread the word about the importance of smear tests.
When Cervical Cancer Isn't Detected or Treated Properly
Sadly, some women don't have their cancer detected early or have it treated properly, which can be the fault of medical professionals
An inquest into the death of 33 year old, mother of 4, Jeannine Harvey in 2014 found that her cervical cancer had been misdiagnosed by medical professionals as many as 30 times
In some cases, mistakes can be made at the point of initial diagnosis which can result in failing to provide treatment at the crucial early stages. Medical negligence can also take place if inappropriate treatment is given, or if mistakes are made during treatments that cause further problems.
Daxa Patel, Medical Negligence Solicitor
at Simpson Millar's Leeds office, explains:"As this type of cancer often doesn't show symptoms until it is more advanced, the consequences can be devastating if doctors fail to make a timely diagnosis and give the right treatment. Medical professionals have a duty of care to patients and should be held responsible if they fail to meet this."Our solicitors are experts in supporting those who have suffered due to misdiagnosis or mistreatment of cervical cancer, and know the impact it has on them and their families. Remember to get involved with the #SmearforSmear campaign on social media to raise awareness for early detection and prevention!