Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is reminding women of the importance of attending cervical screening as part of cervical cancer prevention week (22–28 January).
In recent years there has been a decline in women attending their smear test appointments and, with cervical cancer the most common cancer in women under the age of 35, raising awareness of cervical screening is vital.
During cervical cancer prevention week Jo's Trust, the UK's only dedicated cervical cancer charity, is running its annual #SmearForSmear campaign in which they invite people to share their #SmearForSmear picture on social media. All you have to do is apply some lipstick, smear it across your cheek and take a picture. You can then share your picture on social media using the hashtag #SmearforSmear.
Lisa McGarry, Matron Cancer Services/Lead Chemotherapy Nurse Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust said: “We are in this together, the Cancer team at the Trust want to raise awareness to all woman that smear tests saves lives. The number of women attending for smear tests is low so by supporting Jo’s Trust and sharing #smearforsmear we are hoping this will raise the profile and encourage women to attend their smear test.”