Cervical cancer effects so many women across the world.
A new Channel 4 documentary series focused on the late British reality television star Jade Goody, entitled Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, has followed the life and ill health of the Big Brother star.
The third and final instalment is set to focus on the final years of Goody’s life, including her battle with cervical cancer in 2008.
Goody underwent chemotherapy treatment and surgery following her August 2008 diagnosis, but by February 2009, the cancer had spread to her liver, bowel, and groin and she learned her condition was terminal.
Sadly, Jade passed away on March 22, 2009, but before her death she advocated for women to book a cervical screening, prompting a landmark rise in tests for women across the UK.
But how can you get a smear test today?
How do I get a smear test? When to get a cervical cancer screening
It is important for women to get a cervical screening or smear test to check the health of their cervix – the opening of the womb to the vagina and this should not be put off.
As described by the NHS, the test isn’t for cancer but is more of a preventative measure for women aged 25 to 64 who are invited by letter.
At the appointment, a small sample of cells are taken from the cervix, with abnormal changes being monitored and tackled if treated to avoid the risk of cancer.
If you are under 25, you will be invited 6 months before you turn 25.
From 25 to 49, you will then be invited for a test every 3 years, before a larger gap of every 5 years from ages 50 to 64.
For those aged 65 or older, you will only be invited to test if 1 of your last 3 test results were abnormal.
Book an appointment as soon as you get a letter.
It is not recommended to get a test if you’re under 25, over 65, or have had a total hysterectomy.
Additionally, do book an appointment with your GP if you are having vaginal bleeding between periods, during or after sex, after the menopause or are experiencing unusual vaginal discharge.
It is vital to tackle the issue head-on if you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary.
Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain airs its final episode on Channel 4 on August 21, 2019.