• Whatever happened to the Jade Goody effect?

    6 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    After the reality star died of cervical cancer in 2009, nearly 500,000 extra women turned up for smear tests. Now, the number of screenings has reached a 20-year low. Why? When the letter arrives informing me that I am due a smear test, as it does every three years for women aged 25 to 49, I do what many women do: I recycle it. There will be a reminder. Or I hide it under a pile of papers to find in a couple of months' time. I know I am not alone in this, because the latest figures from NHS Digital show that the number of smear tests being carried out in England has reached a 20-year low...
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  • How often should you have a smear test, what age should you start and how long do the results take?

    How often should you have a smear test, what age should you start and how long do the results take?

    6 monthes ago - By Metro

    Gynecologist performing a cervical smear test
    Smear tests can save lives by detecting abnormal cells which could indicate the presence of cancer cells - yet one in four women are not attending their appointments when invited by their GP.
    Now better known as Cervical Screening Tests, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust estimates that a smear test can prevent 75% of cervical cancers from developing.
    While cervical cancer is still relatively rare, it is crucial symptoms are caught early to make sure effective treatment can be given.
    Around five million women are invited to a smear test every year and...
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  • What actually happens at a smear test and how to prepare for one

    What actually happens at a smear test and how to prepare for one

    6 monthes ago - By Metro

    Loads of young women are avoiding getting smear tests because they're embarrassed to get their vaginas out, a new survey has concluded.
    A third of the 2,017 British women surveyed by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust says that awkwardness has caused them to delay getting a test.
    And that's absolute madness, considering that these examinations can prevent 75% of cervical cancers.
    To quote every woman who's ever had a baby: doctors and nurses have seen it all before.
    They've literally trained for years in order to examine your cervix and they don't care whether you've had a wax or wash (although...
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