Local Mum Helps to Raise Awareness of Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is held each year in the UK and supported by charities such as Jo's Trust. This year's event took place between 22 January and 28 January. To show support for this event the Cancer Clinical Trials Team held three stands over two days at UHNM.

For the first stand two stands, held in the main atrium at Royal Stoke and later in the main reception of the Cancer Centre, the team was joined by Gemma Siery (pictured above), a local mum who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. Shortly after diagnosis Gemma was approached by the team and agreed to take part in a clinical trial. Now in remission, Gemma helped out on the stand, speaking to many women about the importance of cervical screening and raising awareness of this form of cancer.

She said: "​The Research Nurses were there for me from start to finish of the trial and I know I can call them whenever I need them, even now. I owe my life to these nurses and the treatment, and wish I'd have been to my screening test earlier."

The team then held a stand at County Hospital later in the week, handing out materials with information about screening, cervical cancer and HPV.