Source BioScience continues to support cervical cancer screening charities
The UK has the best cervical cancer screening programme in the world and sets the standard for other countries in the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Despite this premier standard of care, 1 in 5 women in the UK do not respond to their cervical screening invitation and over 2,900 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year.
Source BioScience supports the NHS Cervical Screening Programme and provides the BD SurePathTM screening technology including cutting edge automated imaging analysis, which significantly reduces the time patients need to wait for their results. In 2013 Source BioScience supplied approximately 50% of cervical tests undertaken in England and Wales. In addition Source BioScience has been working closely with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust to promote awareness of cervical cancer and highlight the increasing incidence among young women.
In March this year Sophie Jones died from cervical cancer aged just 19. Sophie was informed she had the disease in November 2013 after her crippling stomach pains had initially been diagnosed as Crohn’s Disease. Sophie’s family say that she had pleaded for a cervical screening test during her many trips to the doctor, but was refused one because she was below the recommended screening age in England of 25. Sophie’s family have now set up an online petition to try and lower this age and raise awareness that cervical cancer can affect young women under the age of 25.
In October 2010 Michelle Henderson, daughter of Glasgow Rangers and Scottish football legend Willie Henderson, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of only 26. Michelle fought the disease for two years but sadly died on the day of her 28th birthday. During her illness Michelle set up the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust, designed to give back to those who helped her during her treatment and to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of being screened.
In 2013 Source BioScience donated £1,000 to the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust as sponsorship for a team on a fund-raising trek for the Trust through the Indonesian Jungle and up Mount Krakatoa. This year three members of the Source BioScience team have taken up the challenge of trekking 100 miles across the Namib Desert to raise money for the Trust. Fitness training and the gathering of sponsorship has begun in earnest and will continue until the team fly out to Namibia in October to embark on what will probably be the most challenging experience of their lives.
High profile cases such as Sophie and Michelle coupled with the hard work of families, friends and charities have helped increase awareness of cervical cancer and the need for women to make the time to attend for screening regardless of how busy their home or working life may be. It is important that women accept their invitation to get tested and seek medical advice should they experience post-menopausal bleeding or any unusual symptoms such as pain or bleeding after intercourse.
To find out more about the work of these charitable organisations please visit http://michellehendersoncervicalcancertrust.co.uk/ and http://www.jostrust.org.uk