Since 2008, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme has partnered with the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) on the Pearl of Wisdom campaign which promotes cervical cancer prevention.

Each year, over 260 women in Ireland are diagnosed with cervical cancer and up to 70 lives are lost. Along with the HPV vaccine, regular cervical screening is the most effective way to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.

We are serious about preventing cervical cancer, so we must encourage the girls and women of Ireland to take advantage of the expert services available to protect them. Eligible women should check that they are up to date with their cervical screening (smear) test and girls should get the HPV Vaccine when offered to them.

Through CervicalCheck, women aged 25 to 60 can avail of regular free cervical screening from over 4,500 practitioners of their choice, including the IFPA’s clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght.

The Pearl of Wisdom campaign calls on women to check when their next free cervical screening is due by visiting www.cervicalcheck.ie or calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.