So ladies, have you been to your screening? Do you always go?
I am proud to say I always go for mine, I never miss one. No, I am not Mrs Perfect. In my younger days I would put them off like anyone else, but then the dreaded thing happened, I got an abnormal result and then I got another one!
I was referred to the hospital for further checking, at one point I had CIN 3 (it goes from 1-3) cells, so it really wasn’t the best!
I was scared, did this mean I would never have children, did this mean that I had Cancer. What did this mean??
Over a couple of years, I was back and forth to the hospital, I went for a colposcopy which led to more colposcopies, then to follow ups, discussions with the consultant, a biopsy and ultimately treatment (loop diathermy to remove the bad cells).
I continued to have 6 monthly screenings at the hospital, that petered down to annually. Now I am pleased to say I am back having them at the GP after having ‘normal’ results for a while, still yearly, but thats ok – happy for them to keep a check on me!
I didn’t have cancer, what I had was something that could potentially develop into cancer. I was lucky, my abnormal cells were caught and dealt with!
When Jade Goody tragically died at 27, there was a mass increase of people attending cervical screening but there are still 20% of women who don’t go at all!
So do you go for yours? If not, why not?
I have to say please put your embarrassment aside, two minutes embarrassment can save your life!
I have heard people who are worried about it hurting – it doesn’t hurt, but even if it did, isn’t two minutes pain a lot better than the pain that could happen if things are missed from not going! I had my biopsy and treatment the day before I flew to Barcelona, yes it was uncomfortable , yes I needed to sit down more than normal, but that just meant I got to taste more Spanish treats!
My last nurse even told me that she is not bothered if people have had a shower before, it makes it easier if you haven’t, so go after work, go at lunchtime, go when you feel most fresh – but GO!
There is a whole other argument on what the age for smears should be, some women can’t get smears because they are under the age of 25. They can be sexually active, they can have children, in fact in ‘real life’ they can even get cervical cancer’, it’s unlikely but it happens, yet they can’t have smears
There is something wrong with that, but that may be a discussion for another day……….