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How trauma-informed care improves gynaecological screening uptake

Gynaecological screening can be difficult for women with experience of sexual abuse but with trauma-informed adaptations nurses can help improve cancer outcomes

Gynaecological screening can be difficult for women with experience of sexual abuse but with trauma-informed adaptations nurses can help improve cancer outcomes

  • Each year in the UK, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer
  • A history of sexual abuse can be a barrier to cervical screening attendance
  • Employing a trauma-informed approach to gynae-oncology can help women who have experienced sexual trauma to access screening and treatment

For women who have experienced sexual violence, screening and treatment for gynaecological cancers can trigger difficult and traumatic memories. Trauma-informed care in gynaecological services can help improve cancer outcomes for people who have experienced sexual abuse.

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