Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week takes place between January 22 and 28.
Every year around 300 women in Ireland are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 90 lives lost. However well organised screening programmes such as cervical check, have been proven to reduce mortality rate of cervical cancer.
A smear test only takes a few minutes and it is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb). The earlier cell changes are found, the easier they are to treat. There is a choice of over 4,150 male and female GPs, doctors and practice nurses nationwide – and it’s free.
How to arrange your free smear test
To arrange a smear test you can contact a registered smeartaker of your choice to make an appointment. Thousands of GPs, practice nurses, Women’s Health, Family Planning and Well Woman Clinics all over Ireland are registered. For details of all registered GPs, doctors and practice nurses you can call CervicalCheck on 1800 45 45 55 or visit www.cervicalcheck.ie.
CervicalCheck also sends invitation letters to women who are on the CervicalCheck register. You can check that you are on the register by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or check on-line at www.cervicalcheck.ie.
If you have already had a CervicalCheck smear test, CervicalCheck will let you know by post when your next smear test is due – and if you change address, be sure to let CervicalCheck know your new contact details.
How often should you have a smear test?
It is recommended that women have a smear test every three to five years, depending on your age.
Most smear test results are found to be perfectly normal and CervicalCheck will contact you about your results within four weeks of having your free smear test.
European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is organised by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) with the support of CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme.