Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Ladies it is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we know you all lead very busy lives, but please take a couple of minutes to educate yourself on cervical cancer. We have teamed up with our charity partner the Marie Keating Foundation, to bring you the low down.

Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the neck of the womb (the cervix). About 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland each year. Cervical cancer is preventable- smear tests are quick and painless and can prevent over 80% of cervical cancers. They could save your life.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Symptoms of cervical cancer

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex or after menopause
  • Unusual and/or unpleasant vaginal discharge
  • Discomfort or pain in your pelvis
  • Discomfort, pain or bleeding during or after sex
  • Lower back pain

See your GP if you have any of these symptoms or are worried.

Pre-cancerous cells and early cervical cancer may not have any symptoms, regular smear tests can help prevent the disease by detecting abnormalities which do not have symptoms.

Reduce your risk

  • Have regular smear tests every 3-5 years
  • Don’t smoke
  • Practice safe sex
  • Make sure your daughter gets the HPV vaccine. Vaccinate your sons too when it becomes available in September 2019.

About the Smear Test

  • Smear tests take cells from the neck of the womb
  • Cervical Check offers free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60
  • Pick any of the +4,500 registered GPs or nurses
  • It takes less than five minutes
  • Most test results are normal
  • Check when your next smear test is at CervicalCheck.ie

Its4women.ie proudly supports The Marie Keating Foundation, and to date have raised €63,000 for the Foundation, with the help of our amazing customers often donating an extra euro when purchasing their car insurance. These much needed funds help to sustain the fantastic services the Foundation provides and help fight cancer. The Marie Keating Foundation aim to make cancer less frightening by enlightening. For more information on cervical cancer or for any other cancer queries visit the Marie Keating Foundation Website.

Marie Keating Foundation

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