On December 4th 2014, Titania Soho held an event in aid of Cervical Cancer. Its purpose was to raise money and to spread the word of the importance of screening of women, especially those in the LBTQ community.
Lesbian and bisexual women are as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to develop cervical cancer, yet are up to a staggering 10 times less likely to undergo regular screening for the disease. Cervical cancer was once one of the most deadly female cancers, however with early detection through regular screening it has now transformed into the most preventable female cancer. Despite this, due to low rates of regular screening, lesbians and bisexual women have become a priority group for cervical cancer control.
The night (sponsored by Pussy Drinks) hosted by the infamous Louis Cyfer saw the community come together to support this worthy cause. A beautiful and buxom Zoe Howe tantalised the guests as see sold raffle tickets, Louis, who compared the Charity auction proved that his sass and gave us one hell of a show whilst receiving bits for a number of items. The main auction piece of the night was an Amy Winehouse personalised gold disk (courtesy of Island records) which took astounding £200 at auction.
Speeches from Stonewell and Jo’s cervical cancer trust were poignant and received with the respect for which they deserved.
Now, on Thursday 5th April, Titania Soho invites the charities back for the presentation of the money raised on the night.
“We are incredibly grateful for the fantastic support and fundraising effort from the staff at Titania Soho. Every day nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three will lose their lives to the disease. The money raised will help us reach and support more women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
“Currently 1 in 5 UK women do not attend screening and we know that this is potentially higher for LGB women. We urge all eligible women, regardless of their sexual preference to attend regular cervical screening. Most cervical abnormalities are caused by persistent infection with HPV and as HPV can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact in the genital area, gay women are at risk of contracting HPV and experiencing abnormal cervical changes.” - Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust