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Cervical cancer screening resources aimed at addressing mental health disparities

Support for women service users with severe mental illness to access screening
Illustration of mental health service users discussing cervical screening with healthcare professionals

Support for women service users with severe mental illness to access screening

  • Leaflet and video explain what women can expect during a smear test, as well as advice on how to prepare for it
  • Cancer mortality rate is 30% higher in people experiencing serious mental health conditions than in the general population
  • Community mental health and enhanced primary care teams report significant benefits since the leaflet’s launch in autumn 2019

A new cervical cancer resource to support women with serious mental health issues access screening has been successful across a range of services.

The leaflet, Support Available for Your Cervical Screening (Smear

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