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Cervical Screening at lowest in 19 years! It was in the news last week that cervical screening/Smear tests are at a 19 (!!) year low. Back in 2009 Jade Goody lost her life aged just 27 to cervical cancer. Her cancer battle prompted a huge campaign and awareness of the importance of girls getting having their smear tests and, as a result, figures showed an increase in the numbers of girls attending their appointments. It’s so sad that just  8 years down the line ‘The Jade Goody Effect’ is no longer working and numbers have dropped … massively. It’s been reported that 1.2 million women are failing to get their tests done. Honestly, it’s something that takes a few minutes. Yes, some people might think it’s embarrassing or a little uncomfortable but surely that’s better than the alternative? It’ll be 8 years in April a group of us lost a dear…

I couldn’t let today pass without writing a post dedicated to a friend who lost her life 5 years ago today to cervical cancer. Ally was only 26, recently married and Mummy to her little boy who at the time was only four. This beautiful girl had her whole life ahead of her and her little boys life to watch grow. Not long after she was married Ally had some symptoms so went to her doctor to have her coil removed .. it was then they discovered a growth on her cervix. She found out in the July of 2009 she had cervical cancer …. 9 months later she was gone. I can’t express enough how important it is to get your cervical smear/screening done. Women in the UK have to be the age of 25 before they can have their first smear. *All women aged between 25 and 64 are…