Recently a post went up on the Savvy 'n Sassy Facebook Group titled "The End of the Jade Goody Effect". It's message was, I found, mind boggling. I carried out my own research and made a shocking discovery.
Unfortunately, the Jade Effect has waned. How quickly we forget. This is down to both ignorance of facts and the fact that 41% of local authorities do nothing to promote screening as they don’t believe it is their responsibility. (ref 1). Now, I can't at this moment in time write to all those local authorities but, I can give you some very important facts!
The BBC reported that 1/3 of women over 50 delayed or failed to attend their appointment for screening. The numbers taking up the offer is at a sixteen year low amongst the 60 to 64 age range. Amongst those in the 50 to 64 age range that skipped their appointment, 49 in every 10000 were diagnosed with cancer. Those who were screened regularly, and had a clear and normal history of results, had the lowest risk of CC right into their eighties. (ref.2)
Do you smoke tobacco? Do you take the pill? Do you have HIV?
These are also factors that increase your CC risk. If this is you, you cannot afford to miss your screening.
Many women reported that they found the test painful as they have aged. In fact the number is at 29..1% (ref.4). As I mentioned earlier, the new plastic speculums are sooooooo much more comfortable than those metal things! You can also make it easier on yourself too. There are things you can do to make it more comfortable. Firsty , relax! Its only a couple of minutes, and let me tell you if you only had two minutes to get to the train or miss it you'd be thinking 2 minutes was nothing! Secondly, if you use vaginal pessaries, don’t for the two days before your test. The same time frame goes for tampons. If you are woriied about discomfort ask the nurse to use alittle more lube.
To find out how to take control of cervical screening test and how often you should go please click here.
Wishing a happy healthy day!
Janie S xxx
2. Cancer Research Data 2012