If you’re wondering why I’m sharing a picture of me channeling the Joker today, it’s because I’m supporting a very important campaign. This week is cervical cancer awareness week and I’m backing the #smearforsmear campaign
Having your smear is essential. Okay it’s not pleasant but I can save your life. I’m a pro at them, having had a scare in my early twenties. Thanks to having a smear precancerous cells were identified before they developed into something more sinister. At the time I was devastated, but a minor procedure to whip those pesky cells out and I’ve had a clean bill of health.
I know that many of you reading this are mums. Finding time to prioritise yourself is difficult but you can’t care for anyone if you don’t care for yourself. Numbers of women having their smears are falling but we can sort this out. We can make a difference. We can pick up that call to our GP and book that appointment. We can book it as soon as we get our reminder.
I had mine last month by a lovely nurse who was amazing. I explained I was nervous due to a medical condition (a whole other post in there some day) and she immediately put me at ease. She took everything into account and was able to have me chatting away barely noticing what was going on – okay it was a bit uncomfortable but Take That on the radio and a discussion about reusable sanitary products took my mind right of her rummaging about. Ask your nurse to start with the small speculum and work up from there if you’re nervous, and ask them to note that on your records so they remember for next time. I didn’t even know you could do things like that, but yes you can, and you should!
So go and find our when your smear is due and go book it.
So when was your last one? If you’re not sure get in touch with your GP and they’ll be able to check and book you in. Please do it.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, yet one in three young women don’t attend their smear test.
Support the campaign by sharing your own smeared lipstick photo.
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I’m supporting @JoTrust (Twitter) / @joscervicalcancertrust (Instagram) and sharing my #SmearForSmear because every woman should know that smear tests save lives. Attend your smear test, #ReduceYourRisk.