Cervical cancer accounts for approximately 2% of all cancers diagnosed in women, with around 3,200 women in the UK per year being diagnosed. It's also the most common cancer in women under 351.
The good news is that 99.8% of cases are preventable, which highlights the importance of attending cervical screening when you’re invited to one.1
Jane Chalmers, Cancer Care nurse, picks out some key facts and frequently asked questions about cervical cancer that you need to know…
Be aware of HPV
99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by persistent high-risk HPV infections, which cause changes to the cervical cells.2
HPV is an extremely common virus, “8 in 10 of us get HPV at some point in their life”3. HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact of the genital area, which means that anyone who has ever been sexually active could be infected.
The body’s immune system will usually clear up HPV infections and generally most people don’t even know they have contracted the virus. Cervical cancer itself is not infectious.
>Find out more about HPV and cervical cancer here.