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The web Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer is regularly updated and currently has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. Most have been published in the last five years but we have included some older ones that are still useful.

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The cervical screening test. Your results explained [Easy read] (2014)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results: What causes changes in my cervix?; My letter says that there are not enough cells; My letter says that I have minor changes; My letter says I have changes which require further investigation; What happens at the colposcopy clinic?; What about treatment?.

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Focus on common female cancers (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Brief overview of the most common women's cancers (ovarian, cervical, womb and breast).

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Cervical smears and pregnancy (December 2013)

Royal College of Obstetricans and Gynaecologists

This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about cervical smear tests and results, and colposcopy, during pregnancy. 

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You need humour with a tumour. Reflections on a journey with cancer (2013)

Accent Press Limited

When Annmarie, a 42-year-old mother of four, was diagnosed with a Stage IIb tumour she was determined she would not lose her love of life. Having watched her father succumb to bowel cancer a year earlier, she had no desire to follow the same treatment regime. So she went in search of something different. Refusing to be a ‘victim’, she rejected the purely medical route and met her cervical cancer head on. Her journey took her to America in search of another way to combat the tumour growing slowly - then not so slowly - within her. This is Annmarie’s story of hope and disappointment, strength and courage as she and her family deal with her diagnosis and desire to live life to the full. (Publisher)

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Your guide to the HPV vaccination from September 2012 (February 2012)

Department of Health

Guidance for teenage girls about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. The leaflet briefly describes cervical cancer, HPV and how it spreads, how the vaccination is given and some of the possible side-effects. It also answers some frequently asked questions.

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Are you ready for your screen test? A guide to cervical screening for lesbian and bisexual women (March 2012)

Lesbian and Gay Foundation

Information for lesbian and bisexual women about the importance of cervical screening. It describes the cervix and explains why it is important to be screened, who should be screened, and what happens during screening and afterwards.

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Cervical screening (June 2011)

Women's Health Concern

This factsheet describes the aims of cervical screening, who should be offered screening, what happens during the screening test, and why a repeat test may sometimes be needed. It also briefly describes what happens if the test shows abnormalities in the cervical cells.

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A woman's disease. The history of cervical cancer (2011)

Oxford University Press

Cervical cancer is an emotive disease with multiple connotations. It has stood for the horror of cancer, the curse of femininity, the hope of cutting-edge medical technologies and the promise of screening for malignant tumours. For a long time, this disease was identified with the most dreaded aspects of malignancies: prolonged invalidity and chronic pain, but also physical degradation, shame and social isolation. Cervical cancer displayed in parallel the dangers of being a woman. In the 20th century, innovations initially developed to control cervical cancer - radiotherapy and radium therapy, exfoliate cytology (Pap smear), homogenisation of the 'staging' of tumours, mass campaigns for an early detection of precancerous lesions of the cervix - set standards for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of other malignancies. In the late 20th century, cervical cancer underwent another important change. With the display of the role of selected strands of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) in the genesis of this malignancy, it was transformed into a sexually transmitted disease. This new understanding of cervical cancer linked it more firmly with lifestyle choices, and thus increased the danger of stigmatisation of patients; on the other hand it opened the possibility for efficient prevention of this malignancy through vaccination. Ilana Lowy follows the disease from antiquity to the 21st century, focussing on the period since the mid-19th century, during which cervical cancer was dissociated from other gynaecological disorders and became a distinct entity. Following the ways in which new developments in science, medicine, and society have affected beliefs about medical progress and an individual's responsibility, gender roles, reproduction, and sex, Lowy demonstrates our understanding of what cervical cancer is, and how it can be prevented and cured. (Publisher)

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Do I need a smear test? (2010)

Health Scotland on behalf of the Family Advice and Information Resource

Illustrated booklet for women with learning difficulties. It explains what a smear test is, who should have one and when, and what the smear test will show.

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A guide to having a smear test (2010)

Family Advice and Information Resource

Illustrated booklet for women with learning difficulties. It explains what a smear test is, why it is important to have one, and what happens during the examination.

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