By Tessa Hawley
23 January 2011
WOMEN in the Isle of Man are being urged to take the preventative measures available to them in order to prevent cervical cancer.
Today marks the beginning of Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness Week – a campaign which takes place throughout Europe between Sunday, January 23 and Sunday, January 29.
This year the Island’s Department of Health is highlighting the importance that prevention plays in reducing the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer, cancer of the cervix, is responsible for almost 1,000 deaths per year in the UK. Approximately 2,500 women are treated per year for invasive cervical cancer and the disease predominantly affects women in their late 30s, 70s and 80s.