Smear For Smear


I wasn't planning on writing this blog post because like so many other people out there, I wasn't completely aware of the seriousness and importance of the topic. Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th January is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and that is what I wanted to talk to you all about in today's post. 

Cervical Cancer is a type of Cancer that develops in a woman's cervix and it often has no symptoms, especially in the early stages. However, cell changes in the cervix can be detected from an early stage and treatment can prevent the cancer from spreading. The NHS offers what is most commonly known as a 'smear test' for women to be checked from the age of 25. 

Now, the smear test itself doesn't affect me personally at this very moment since I am below the age of 25 but I do think it is so so SO important to raise awareness as so many young women do not attend their smear test or simply don't know much about the disease that can have a huge impact on somebody's life. 

In fact;

  • 1 in 4 women don't attend their smear test when invited
  • 1 in 3 of those women are aged between 25-29
  • Cervical Cancer is the most common in women under the age of 35
  • 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day
  • 2 women lose their lives to the disease every day

In all honesty, these statistics are terrifying. Of course they are. But what is even more terrifying is the thought of so many women not attending their smear test for the chance to prevent this horrendous disease. The campaign #smearforsmear (click here to see more information) wants every woman to know that smear tests can prevent Cervical Cancer and even though the idea of a smear test can encourage fear, anxiety and embarrassment, it can also save your life. 30 seconds of discomfort can result in peace of mind or perhaps the correct medical treatment and support in such events. 

It's crucial to share your #smearforsmear 2018 to raise awareness and reach women everywhere with a message about the importance of attending your smear test. I found it so informative to read up about this and I think we can all do a little something to raise awareness and spread the message. I hope you enjoyed reading this one and I'll be back with another post soon. 

Lots of Love,
Meg X

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