Cer­vi­cal cancer cases on rise

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - KATY CLIFTON

THE num­ber of new cer­vi­cal cancer cases has risen by more than 6% in Lon­don in less than five years, ac­cord­ing to NHS data.

A to­tal of 313 new cases of the po­ten­tially fa­tal dis­ease were di­ag­nosed in the re­gion in 2015 in com­par­i­son to 295 di­ag­noses in 2011.

This works out as an in­crease of 6.1% in a four-year pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to the latest NHS data re­vealed on Friday Oc­to­ber 6.

At the same time, the num­ber of women tak­ing up po­ten­tially life­sav­ing cer­vi­cal screen­ings has been de­creas­ing.

Cer­vi­cal cancer is a type of cancer that de­vel­ops in a woman’s cervix, the lower part of the womb.

One way to de­tect ab­nor­mal cell changes in the cervix that could po­ten­tially de­velop into cancer is through a cer­vi­cal screen­ing

Eal­ing Cen­tral and Ac­ton MP brands hospi­tal cuts ‘un­wise and un­safe’ fol­low­ing ral­lies for west Lon­don hos­pi­tals If the screen­ing de­tects ab­nor­mal­i­ties, women can have treat­ment to re­move them be­fore they be­come can­cer­ous.

In Lon­don, the per­cent­age of eli­gi­ble women screened has de­creased be­tween 2011 and 2015 from 65.9% to 63.7%.

Screen­ing in­vi­ta­tions are sent by the NHS ev­ery three years to women aged be­tween 25 and 49 and ev­ery five years to women aged be­tween 50 and 64.

There were 2,517 new cases of cer­vi­cal cancer across Eng­land in 2015, com­pared to 2,511 five years be­fore.

In 2015, 606 women died of cer­vi­cal cancer na­tion­ally, 15% fewer than in 2011 when 781 died.

Since the screen­ing pro­gramme was in­tro­duced in the 1980s, cer­vi­cal cancer cases have de­creased by about 7% each year.

In 2011, 69.4% of eli­gi­ble women were screened and the per­cent­age in­creased to 70.2% in 2015 in Eng­land.

Ac­cord­ing to the NHS, it is es­ti­mated that up to 5,000 cases of cer­vi­cal cancer are pre­vented each year in the UK be­cause of cer­vi­cal screen­ing.

Ab­nor­mal changes in the cells of the cervix can be caused by cer­tain high-risk types of hu­man papil­loma virus (HPV).

A vac­ci­na­tion is also of­fered to girls aged 12 to 13 as part of the NHS Child­hood Vac­ci­na­tion Pro­gramme to pro­tect them against HPV.

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