Something a bit different on the blog today, but it’s important, so I thought I’d post about it (and include a giant photo of the bags under my eyes – I need photoshop!!)
In the UK, cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to the successful National Cervical Screening Programme and more recently, the HPV vaccination programme in schools. It is estimated that screening saves up to 5,000 lives every year and yet 20% of eligible women fail to attend screening when invited.
As I’m now 26 (don’t tell anyone), I’ve been for a screening, and it honestly isn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. If you’re over 25, you’ll be invited to a free screening on the NHS, and the project is a great way to raise awareness, get people to talk about cervical screening, and make it a less taboo subject. I know lots of girls that are worried or nervous about it, and yes, it’s not the nicest experience, but it’s over really quickly, and the benefits of having one far outweigh the discomfort of going.