The charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust revealed that the number of people going for smear tests is lower than ever as one in two women skip the cervical screening due to being too embarrassed.

Everyday nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer with 75% of cases being preventable when diagnosed with a smear test.

Just over 76% of eligible women in the East Midlands received cervical screening between 2015 and 2018.

Sarah Moore tells us her experience with cervical cancer and why smear tests are so important.

According to Cancer Research UK the proportion of women receiving their cervical screening has decreased by 2%.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is hoping to raise awareness of smear tests with their campaign #SmearForSmear.

The campaign wants everyone to get involved by putting on lipstick, smearing it and taking a selfie with the hashtag #SmearForSmear.

“it’s only a few seconds vs major treatment”

Shelley Louise, Personal Trainer

Shelley Louise, from Nottingham, explains in her recent tweet how she was three months late for her smear test before her best friend forced her to do the test.

Shelley had to have cells treated and removed and says that “it’s only a few seconds vs major treatment”.

Symptoms associated with cervical cancer include:
  • abnormal bleeding, such as bleeding between menstrual periods, after sex, after a pelvic exam, or after menopause
  • discharge that is unusual in amount, colour, consistency, or smell
  • having to go to urinate more frequently
  • pelvic pain
  • painful urination