Cervical Cancer risks: Tell your daughter
Many health services, including the UK and Ireland’s, refuse women under the age of 25 the right to a cervical smear test. A 24 year old woman, Heather Keating, who was showing signs of cervical cancer was recently told to come back when she was 25 by her GP in Ireland. Alas, she had the disease. Read Heather’s story.
She told The Mirror newspaper and Facebook and Twitter:
“If you are under 25 and feel something is not right please go and get it checked out with your GP.
“The symptoms are: Abnormal bleeding – heavy or longer periods – between periods- after sex – after menopause Foul smelling discharge Pain or discomfort in the pelvis or during sex.”
Please let your daughters, sisters, nieces, god-daughters and friends know the symptoms. If it’s not easy to talk to them about pain during sex, you can always use Heather’s story to describe the symptoms.
Luckily, Heather is cancer free, but sometimes you have to be a bit stroppy with your GP and insist on an investigation.
If you’re on Twitter, you can call for a change in the rules on smear tests age ranges or just send Heather your best at #Cervicalcancer and #HeatherKeating. So good to hear this story had a happy outcome. To think, it could have been so different…