Posted by kathryn on June 26, 2012
We all remember the death of Jade Goody back in 2009 and the lasting affect it has had on women and their concerns about this deadly disease.
Well, despite cervical screening saving approximately 5,000 lives per year in the U.K. alone, there is still a large number (20 pct) of women who are not being tested.
Every day, eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three lives are lost to the disease.
“Cervical Screening can help to reduce the number of women diagnosed” said Robert Music, the Director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only dedicated Cervical Cancer Charity. “The screening programme saves 5,000 lives each year in the U.K. and yet 20 pct of women are not attending their cerfical screening test and the more that we can do to stress the importance of this life-saving test, the better” he says.
I hope you agree that it is so very important to have a cervical smear to detect any changes in cells caused by the human papilloma virus which can be contracted during sexual intercourse.
A friend of mine lost her sister to cervical cancer and she has told me how painful it was to see her sister go from a successful 32 year old fashion designer to losing her life to this dreadful disease within 18 months of diagnosis. The affects on family members is devastating and she now urges all her friends to make sure that they attend for their smear test at regular intervals.
I will be writing more about this disease and would urge you to look out for my future posts on the subject.
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