5 Minutes that Matter

Our campaign seeks to raise awareness of the importance of attending routine cervical screenings, and support more women to make an informed decision about whether or not to take up their invitations.

Campaign Logo for the Five Minutes That Matter Cervical Screening WI Campaign

Coronavirus Update

Cervical screening programmes have been impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown period. If you have questions or concerns about what this means for you, visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trusts’ website for the latest information and to access support and advice: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/coronavirus/faqs

Background

Cervical screening checks the health of your cervix. 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.

Launched in 2019, our 5 Minutes that Matters campaign seeks to raise awareness of the importance of attending routine cervical screenings, and support more women to make an informed decision about whether or not to take up their invitations.

What we have achieved so far

WI members have been raising awareness of the importance of this issue and challenging myths surrounding cervical screening and cervical cancer, including by taking part in national awareness weeks and organising local events. Members have shared personal accounts of cervical screening to improve understanding and support others who may be going through similar experiences.

How you can get involved

  1. Take part in NFWI research on cervical screening. This study aims to explore a wide range of issues, including barriers to cervical screening attendance and personal attitudes towards strategies designed to improve uptake. Please note that this research is open to all women over the age of 25, regardless of whether they have attended cervical screening recently or at all. Click here to take part.
  2. Check out our campaign action pack to learn more about the issue and find out about other ways to participate. Download it here.
  3. Read and share our myth-busting flyer. Click here.

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