Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting women, their partners and families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Our vision is to improve the lives of those affected by cervical cancer and to work towards a future where it is a disease of the past.
We offer a range of information and support, both online and face-to-face, at every step of the journey. We also raise awareness about how cervical cancer can be prevented and campaign for best care and treatment. We want to ensure that no one has to face a cervical cancer diagnosis alone, and that cervical cancer is ultimately prevented.
Despite being a small team of dedicated men and women, we have a large impact; last year we worked with over 4,000 women directly. We are the charity behind the #SmearforSmear social media campaign that reached 150 million people globally. This is an exciting time to join the charity; following on from the successes of several public awareness campaigns, there has never been a better time to harness public interest in the cause. We are growing at an increasing rate and reaching even more women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities each year.
Nearly three women in the UK die from cervical cancer every day whilst around 3,000 women are newly diagnosed each year. A further 300,000 are told they have a pre-cancerous cervical abnormality that may require treatment. For those who survive cervical cancer, the treatment can be extremely invasive and the long-term effects can significantly reduce quality of life. The risk of infertility is high, as is bowel and bladder damage. Survivors can experience significant emotional and psychological effects and anxiety about the cancer returning is common. We provide a vital listening ear and emotional support through our Helpline; local Support Groups; online forum; an ‘Ask the Expert’ medical submissions service; annual ‘Let’s Meet’ events and a range of information materials written and reviewed by medical experts.