Award for Lesbian & Bisexual Cervical Screening Campaign

Publish Date: 26/01/2012

Yesterday, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Dan Jarvis MP hosted a special event at the House of Commons to mark European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The LGF's Annie Emery was in attendance to collect The LGF's award for their cervical screening campaign aimed at lesbian and bisexual women.

Speakers included Dr Mary McCormack, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at University College Hospital who spoke about symptoms, prevention and treatments of cervical cancer, and the current barriers and issues facing health professionals in accessing women who should be screening; Lisa Routledge, a service user of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust who told her very powerful and moving story as a cervical cancer survivor; and Rob Music, Director of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, who talked about the work of this fantastic charity, the only one of it's kind working globally to support women by providing information and support about cervical cancer through a range of services.

The reception was also an opportunity to present Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust's annual Cervical Screening Awards. The Awards aim to find the best local cervical screening campaigns, and this year's winner was The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Are You Ready for Your Screen Test? campaign, which targets lesbian and bisexual women to raise awareness about their need to attend for regular cervical screening tests.

Annie Emery, Programmes Manager, who collected the award on behalf of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, said “We are truly delighted to receive this award and have our campaign recognised in this way. There is very little targeted information out there for lesbian and bisexual women in general, particularly when it comes to their health, and it has been a real privilege to put together this campaign and get the vital message out there that lesbian and bisexual women need to be going for regular cervical screening tests. The biggest risk factor for cervical cancer is not attending for regular screens.”

“I extend my thanks to the project team at LGF, our project partners The University of Salford and Salford Primary Care Trust, and our funders The National Cancer Screening Programme, without whom the campaign would not have been such a resounding success. All women, regardless of sexual orientation, need to go for regular cervical screens. That's the message that we need to get out there”.

The LGF’s research which was carried out last year exclusively in the North West, found that 99% of lesbian and bisexual women we spoke to wanted to see this or a similar campaign available to women across England. Look out for more exciting news on this very soon!  

Photo: Pictured are Julietta Patnick CBE, Director of NHS National Cancer Screening Programmes, Annie Emery, Programmes Manager at the Lesbian & Gay Foundation and Rob Music, Director of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

For more information visit:

http://www.jostrust.org.uk/

http://www.lgf.org.uk/screening