“Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening, to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer”

Disley WI, Cheshire Federation

 

At the NFWI Annual Meeting in 2019, 97% of delegates voted in support of a resolution calling on WI members to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and help to address barriers to attendance.

While it’s not a test for cancer, regular cervical screening (also referred to as a ‘smear test’) is the best way for abnormal cells to be picked up early and treated (if necessary) to prevent cancer developing. It is estimated that the test currently prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths. However, this figure could be 83% if all eligible women attended.

Cervical screening is a choice, and attendance is currently at a 21-year low.
Our campaign seeks to support more women in making an informed decision about whether or not to take up their cervical screening invitations.

Talk about it!
We can all help to challenge the myths around cervical screening by speaking to friends and family about the test and why it’s important.

 

 

Take Action!

Here are some of the ways you and your WI can get involved in this campaign:
Talk about it!
We can all help to challenge the myths around cervical screening by speaking to friends and family about the test and why it’s important.
Reach out to your GP surgery to find out whether they have any plans to launch a local initiative to improve cervical screening rates in your area and, if so, how your WI could help out.

Make a calming lavender-scented sachet to take to your own cervical screening appointments or to give to a friend or family member.
Step-by-step instructions for this project can be found in the 5 Minutes That Matter campaign action pack.

Register your interest in taking part in NFWI research on cervical screening by emailing us at ku.gr1575619868o.iwf1575619868n@sri1575619868affac1575619868ilbup1575619868

Organise an awareness session on cervical screening. Why not use our WI 5 Minutes That Matter poster and leaflet to promote the event? 

Share your cervical screening story with us by getting in touch ku.gr1575619868o.iwf1575619868n@sri1575619868affac1575619868ilbup1575619868

Download the ACTION PACK or contact Federation House at ku.oc1575619868.iwfw1575619868@nimd1575619868a1575619868 to request a paper copy.

Download the POSTER  or contact Federation House at ku.oc1575619868.iwfw1575619868@nimd1575619868a1575619868 to request a paper copy

Downlaod the LEAFLET or contact Federation House at ku.oc1575619868.iwfw1575619868@nimd1575619868a1575619868 to request a paper copy