Published on: 23 January 2024

Two women die every day in England from cervical cancer. That’s why health leaders are supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. 

Every day, two women in England die from cervical cancer and another nine more face a life changing diagnosis. It is the second most common cancer in women under 35 yet, each week, 11 women aged between 50 and 64 are diagnosed with the disease.  

Despite these numbers, it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. That’s why health leaders in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are raising awareness during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22-26 January 2024). 

The best way to protect young people is to have the HPV vaccine. It reduces the chances of getting Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is one of the causes of cervical cancer. It’s recommended for girls at around 12 to 13 years old. There’s more information on the HPV vaccine here: HPV vaccine - NHS ( 

Women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular cervical screening when invited. They are every 3-5 years, depending on your age.  

Don't ignore your invite letter - it's a few minutes that could save your life.  

It’s important to be aware of the potential symptoms of cervical cancer, so if you are experiencing any of the following, then you should make an appointment to see your GP straight away: Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, pain during sex, or pain in your lower back, pelvis or tummy.   

Dr Will Taylor, Chief Medical Officer for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire says: 

“Regardless of your stage in life there are simple measures you can take to reduce the risk of getting cervical cancer. That’s why we recommend that those eligible get the HPV vaccine when offered, and women accept their invites to screenings. If you are over 50 you should still attend all your screenings, even if you have had clear results in the past, and if you registered as male but still have a cervix, it’s vital that you book an appointment to get checked, too. 

“Prevention is better than cure, of course, but if you notice a change in your body- increased bleeding or vaginal discharge, for example, then seek medical advice immediately.” 

If you are a trans person who is registered as male, you will need to request an appointment from your GP practice or a local sexual health clinic.  

The UK Government has pledge to irradicate Cervical Cancer by 2040, and prevention is an essential part of this.  

For more information visit Cervical screening - NHS (