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Women discussing cervical cancer

Find out about books, leaflets and other resources to support you if you have cervical cancer. There is information about


Video about having a cervical screening test

On the Jo's Trust website you can watch a video about having cervical screening.

It shows

  • how you receive your invitation for screening 
  • why it is important to go for your screening appointment
  • What happens at the appointment
  • what the results mean

Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Keeping Healthy Down Below
Sheila Hollins and Jacki Downer. Illustrated by Beth Webb
Gaskell, 2000
ISBN 978-1901242546

The book is designed to help prepare women with learning disabilities who want to go for a smear test. It addresses issues such as whether or not to have a smear test, what actually happens when you do have one, getting your test results and health education. It also looks at the emotions you may have about having a smear test. To obtain a copy of this book go to the Beyond Words website.

Preventing Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know
Anne Szarewski
Altman Publishing, 2007
ISBN: 1860360424

Women's Health - The practical guide to women's health, for men 
Dr Ian Banks
J H Haynes & Co Ltd, 2009
ISBN: 1844258505

A practical guide to all aspects of women's health, written for men.


Booklets and resources from other organisations

An easy guide to cervical screening
This is a picture leaflet for women with a learning disability to tell them about having a cervical screening test. You can read or download this leaflet in PDF format on the NHS website.

There is more information about reading material for people with learning disabilities and cancer in our question and answer section.

From Macmillan Cancer Support

Controlling cancer pain (also on audiotape and CD)
Coping with advanced cancer (also on audiotape and CD)
Coping with hair loss (also on audiotape)
Diet and cancer (also on audiotape)
Lost for words - how to talk to someone with cancer
Pelvic radiotherapy in women: possible late effects (produced in partnership with Cancer Research UK)
Sexuality and cancer (also on audiotape)
Talking about your cancer (also on audiotape and CD)
Talking to children about cancer (also on audiotape and CD)
Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials)
Understanding cervical cancer (also on audiotape and CD)
Understanding cervical screening (also on audiotape)
Understanding chemotherapy (also on audiotape)
Understanding radiotherapy (also on audiotape and CD)

Booklets available from the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical trials
Your operation and anaesthetic

These booklets can be downloaded from the Royal Marsden website, or you can order them by calling freephone 0800 783 7176.


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Updated: 27 May 2016