Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is here and I felt it very important to raise as much awareness as possible of this horrible disease.
I bet you are thinking that isn’t a very Weddingy thing to talk about, in fact its a bit grim.
I initially wrote about this subject in 2012 but its importance still resonates.
For personal reasons I have felt it essential to spread the word about the wonderful Jo’s Trust and also to maybe through a random tweet/ facebook post or through this Blog encourage people to go for that smear test they have been putting off.
In the midst of wedding planning its probably the very last thing you may think of as a priority, but your life and your life together with your new partner is and cervical cancer has the power to cut that short.
Its time to have guts over fear…
In 2011 one of my lovely Brides Michelle from my Wedding planning days was diagnosed 3 weeks after her Wedding.
Finding that out was one of the hardest things I have ever heard as it was so unexpected. She had regular smears.
Cervical Cancer can hit the young, it can hit the older woman too. My Bride was just 28 years old!
Thankfully following initial surgery and treatment she became free of disease and went on to have 2 lovely little ones., and now 6 years on she is healthy and well.
The theme for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week in 2018 is “Reduce your risk”
Cervical cancer can be prevented and with your help we can ensure every woman knows how they can reduce their risk of the disease and the steps they can take to look after their health.
Attending cervical screening when invited
Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
Knowing where to find support and further information.
Jo’s Trust has a vision which is to improve the lives of those affected by Cervical Cancer and to work towards a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past.
In my lifetime I hope to see the latter come to fruition.
About 3,000 women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer and it is the most common cancer in the under 35 age group, yet there are steps women can take to prevent it from affecting them.
Despite this in the 1 in 4 women do not take up their invitation for cervical screening so raising public awareness of cervical cancer prevention is more necessary than ever,
Jo’s trust see it as their mission to…
Provide information, emotional and practical support to women, their families and friends affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.
Bring people affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer together for shared support.
Campaign for improvement in standards of support and care.
Promote the importance of prevention and early detection to the public, health professionals and key decision makers.
The “Smear for a Smear” campaign is also especially important on social media.
It may seem insignificant with a picture of you with your lipstick smeared but it gets people talking and every little thing helps to ensure woman get themselves checked.
It doesn’t really matter how young or old you are or where you live, Cervical Cancer is a nasty disease.
I implore you as women to have that smear test.
Its been said that a major factor in putting off a smear test is embarassment and a 1/3 of woman invited for a test choose not to go because of this.
You may be embarassed about your weight, embarassed about what you look or smell like down below, you may worry about about any pain or discomfort, or worry about what you feel is something very invasive.
Believe me, even though its not pleasant its two minutes of your life against the possibility of facing an uncertain and painful future.
You may be that Bride who doesn’t see her Wedding Day, you may be that mum or granny who doesn’t see their little girl walk down the aisle.
It is SO important to take control before Cervical Cancer has a chance to take control of you….Save your life TODAY !