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Cervical Cancer

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Introduction

Cancer Research UK provides a Quick Guide to cervical cancer that includes information about symptoms, early detection, screening for cervical cancer and possible risk factors.

Incidence of Cervical Cancer

In Blackpool each year there are approximately 9 new cases of cervical cancer identified. This is not significantly higher than the incidence rate for the north west or England as a whole.

Mortality from Cervical Cancer

Each year in Blackpool there are approximately 3 deaths due to cervical cancer. This is not significantly higher than the mortality rate for the north west or England as a whole.

Cervical Cancer Screening

The NHS administers a national cancer screening programme aimed at detecting early symptoms of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer screening is included as a local authority level indicator within the Public Health Outcome Framework. The definition of this cervical cancer screening coverage measure is, the proportion of women in the resident population eligible for cervical screening who were screened adequately within the previous 3.5 years or 5.5 years, according to age (3.5 years for women aged 25-49 and 5.5 years for women aged 50-64). Blackpool achieved a screening coverage rate of 69.0% in 2016. Figure 1 illustrates that eligible women living in Blackpool are significantly less likely to be screened for cervical cancer than the north west region or England as a whole.

Figure 1 - Cervical Cancer Screening Coverage

Source: Public Health Outcomes Framework

Risk Factors

Cancer Research UK has compiled a summary of risk factors and causes of breast cancer.