From the 22nd-28th January it is cervical cancer prevention week in the UK. This week aims to raise awareness of just how important it to to attend a smear test as well as giving woman more knowledge on the subject.
I have now had two smear tests and I want to touch a little on this subject. Like most people before my first one I was nervous but not embarrassed as when you have had kids you are pretty much used to people looking down there! I had nothing to be nervous about it took only a few minutes, was pain free and I felt happy that I had attended my appointment and that I was making sure all was well.
The number of people not attending their smear tests is rising every year especially in the 25-29 age group. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in woman under 35 but 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by smear tests. These figure show just how important it is to attend your smear test.
I completely understand if you are embarrassed or scared by the very thought of having a smear test but I promise you there is nothing to be worried about.
Jo's cervical trust are using the hashtag #smearforsmear to raise awareness all this week. Simply apply some lippy, smear it, take a picture and upload it to your social media accounts using the hashtag. Make sure you tag you friends to take part so that the awareness spreads.
You can find out more about Jo's cervical trust here. You will find lots more information and support.