Cervical Cancer Prevention week

Cervical Cancer Prevention week

Cervical cancer prevention week is drawing to a close.

Luckily for me, I am never one to miss appointments.  I have a vivid imagination and am prone to erring on the side of caution.  Just as well.  Around 12 years ago, when I was 22 years old, I got the results from my first screening test.  I remember ripping open the envelope expecting it all to be ok. The results were abnormal.  What?  Me?  Cervical cancer was knocking on my door.  

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12 years ago

I didn’t want to make a fuss so I told a couple of my friends and my boyfriend at the time.  I tried to play it down but I was scared.  I was young and naive.  I blamed myself.

Thankfully it was caught in the very early stages and I was given a small, routine operation.  Had I put the awkward test off for a couple of years, like a few of my friends did back then, things may have been very different.  I feel extremely lucky.

Things are better these days for young women as The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is available.  HPV is a very common infection. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.

Sadly, over the years I have been at funerals of loved ones taken by other types of cancer far too soon.  If only routine tests and vaccines had been available for them to catch it.

1 in 4 women in the UK do not attend this potentially life-saving test. My plea is that you are not one of them.  Yes, these things can be a little awkward but the test is over in a flash.  Don’t miss routine appointments.  They exist for a reason.  Life is so precious. Cherish it.

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The stats

  • Every day in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer
  • 3 women lose their lives from the disease every day
  • Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35
  • 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests)
  • However 1 in 4 women do not attend this potentially life-saving test

 

 

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