This is a Public Cervix Announcement
Recent media coverage of the drop in cervical screening attendance has focused almost entirely on women’s embarrassment about their bodies.
It is true that relentless body-shaming of every part of women’s bodies affects the way we feel about ourselves, there are bigger causes of the 20-year low in screening attendance in England, Scotland and Wales, which are far less convenient for the governments.
Matt Hancock the Minister for Health and Social Care publicly endorsed our campaign but has still failed to take action on the issues we raised. Now we’re launching a petition to demand change.
WE are sending a Public Cervix Announcement to the Minister for Health and Social Care, that we are not embarrassed about our bodies - we just we just can’t get an appointment!
We demand that the government stops blaming women for its own failure to deliver Cervical screening services. We need properly funded specialist sexual health services, updated digital systems so appointment letters are sent to the right people, and sexual health services must be reintegrated with NHS services in England.
This campaign is supported by:
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, a UK charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
The Eve Appeal, a UK charity raising awareness and funding research into the five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal.
If you have any gynae-related questions, whether that’s talking about unusual vaginal discharge, the results of a pelvic examination or risks associated with hereditary cancers you can contact the Ask Eve gynae nurse service: a free, confidential service staffed by a specialist nurse - 0808 802 0019/ firstname.lastname@example.org