Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under the age of 35. Cervical cancer is preventable and curable if detected and treated early. The NHS estimates that 55,000 lives could be saved every year if cervical cancer is diagnosed in the early stages.
Cervical screening awareness week aims to highlight the importance of regular cervical screening, so that any abnormalities can be detected and treated early. Many women are reluctant to have cervical screening, and a quarter of women do not respond to their screening invitation.
A former cervical cancer patient at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Natalie, said that she was ‘one of the lucky ones’ as the cancer was caught relatively early because of cervical screening. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2015 and within a few months, she underwent two operations. She was able to avoid a hysterectomy, which meant that she could still try for children. She has since become ‘an advocate to get tested’. She says that ‘for anyone worried about having a cervical smear test, it takes about 30 seconds and it could save your life.’
Moosa-Duke Solicitors has many years’ experience in representing clients who have experienced a delay in diagnosing cervical cancer. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of substandard care from a medical professional, please feel free to call us on 0116 254 7456 for a no obligation discussion.