Today marks the four year anniversary of when Jade Goody lost her battle with cervical cancer. Jade’s public battle put the spotlight on a preventable disease and prompted a surge in young women coming forward for cervical testing.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women aged under 35 and each day it claims around three lives in the UK, with another nine diagnosed and facing an uncertain future. Attending a screening could mean the difference between life and death.
Four years on from Jade Goody’s tragic death, with the documentary ‘Jade Changed My Life’ showing now on SkyGo, Robert Music, Director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust talks about the facts on cervical screening.
“We’re fortunate enough to have the cervical screening and HPV vaccination programmes available across the UK – either through your GP’s surgery or at community clinics- and survival rates are very high if the cancer is caught early.”
He continues “Since the screening programme came in, there’s been a significant drop in both the incidence of cervical cancer and deaths from the disease, and it’s believed screening saves 5,000 lives each year in the UK. But still, only one third of women ages 25 to 29 participate in the programme – meaning that two thirds of young women ages 25 to 29 participate in the programme – meaning that two thirds of young women are ignoring the chance of saving their own lives for the sake of a test that takes less than five minutes.”
From 1pm to 2pm on Friday 22nd March, Sky is hosting a live Twitter chat with Anne Szarewski, Clinical Consultant and honorary senior lecturer at the University of London’s Centre for Cancer Prevention, on behalf of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Anyone with questions or concerns about cervical cancer can use the hashtag #askjo to take part.