Next week it is cervical cancer screening awareness week and I must not miss an opportunity to remind all those girls who have received an invite to go for their smear test to make an appointment to get it sorted.
The test is not looking for cancer, it is looking for any changes in the cells that might just turn ‘nasty’ if they are left. Once you have had your invite letter to come for a smear the only time that we don’t take your smear test is when you are on your period or when you are pregnant. Just contact your GP surgery and arrange for a smear appointment at the right time of the month or at least 3 months after the birth of the baby. I don’t think I know any ladies that look forward to having their smear done – but if you are feeling a little nervous about it there is a really good campaign in Middlesbrough- the no fear campaign –https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/social-care-and-wellbeing/public-health/screening-saves-lives/no-fear-practices. All I can say is that a few moments of discomfort really could make a difference and possibly save your life.
If your wife, girlfriend, daughter has got an invite – please encourage them to get the smear test done.