Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2013

RoseThis post may be a little ‘Too Much Information’ for some, but as this week is Cervical Screening Awareness week, I feel that I should write something on the subject.

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……….


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    • Denise on June 13, 2013 at 19:37
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    Beautifully written.

    1. Thank you 🙂

    • mummy of two on June 13, 2013 at 22:05
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    A really important topic. So sorry you had such a scare but so pleased it was nothing sinister. I always go for mine. You are right they don’t hurt and ok it’s a bit embarrassing getting your bits out for a stranger but in sure they have seen all sorts! After giving birth I definitely think my inhibitions are lowered and I want to be around for my kids so 2 minutes of embarrassment is a small price to pay! Great post 🙂

    1. Thank you. I definitely agree on the lowered inhibitions after giving birth!!

    • Jenny @ The Brick Castle on June 13, 2013 at 23:49
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    I had my first smear at 17. I nearly died of embarrassment, but I still went, and I’ve never missed one since. I had an abnormal result around 8 years ago and had several tests over the following weeks, months, then years and thankfully nothing else has ever been found so far and I’m now back to normal appointments.
    I’ve know at least 2 people who had treatment to kill off abnormal cells before they were 25, so I’m really shocked to learn that young women aren’t tested nowadays. It’s not pleasant, but the alternative is far worse.

    Excellent post hon 🙂 x

    1. Thank you! I don’t know why they changed the age, I know when I was younger it was lower! There are stories of girls under 25 who have had cervical cancer, don’t understand why they are not screened!

    • anna on June 14, 2013 at 00:41
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    I have never been, despite having 3 kids! I’m not much over 25 though… I do feel bad for not going. I hate these kind of things! but I should probably go??

    1. You should definitely go. I don’t like these things, but it can quite literally save your life! I would say if you have had kids, a smear is a breeze. Two minutes of being ‘on show’ compared to child birth is nothing! Please go!

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