Preventing cervical cancer

A new book helps women become more aware of a cancer that is still not fully in the public eye.

In the UK, cervical cancer affects about 3,000 women each year, of which half will die of the condition.

However, it remains a cancer that is not as much in the public domain as breast cancer, for example, mainly because of its association with sexual behaviour and the embarrassment of the cervical smear procedure.

Even though the introduction of the national cervical screening programme made women more aware of the condition, uptake varies and there are still women who for different reasons will not attend for a cervical smear during their lifetime.

Preventing Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know is a book written by an expert for women of all ages.

The author, Dr Anne Szarewski, is an authoritative figure in the medical world. She is clinical consultant and honorary senior lecturer at the Cancer Research UK Centre for Epidemiology and she hopes her book will empower women going for a smear test or those who received an abnormal result by giving them easy to follow information about what cervical cancer is and who is at risk.

The author discusses the recent availability of the HPV vaccines and stresses the importance of the current cervical screening programme while more research is under way to see who will benefit from immunisation.

Book giveaway
GP and Altman Publishing are giving away five copies of Preventing Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know by Anne Szarewski, worth £10.95 each.

For a chance to win a copy email GPClinical@haymarket.com by 21 April 2008.

If you're unlucky in the free book draw, then you can order a copy at the special price of £8.95 (free P&P).

For more information on the offer visit the discounts page at www.healthcarerepublic.com/discounts

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