A young woman said she felt her world ‘falling apart’ after receiving a letter from her doctor.
Chantelle Day, 25, was informed she could have cancer after a routine cervical smear test, reports ECHO.
After being asked to book the test by friends, Mrs Day from Liverpool was told there were abnormalities in her results.
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Fortunately, she eventually got it all figured out, but she has now decided to tell about her experience to encourage other women to order their smear test.
“I was in doubt about booking in. I felt embarrassed and did not want to be alone because of covid,” Chantelle said.
“My boyfriend got his ironing two years before and encouraged me to book in.
“I did, and two weeks later I received a letter informing me that there were abnormalities in my results, as well as that I was positive for HPV.”
Chantelle was told that the biopsies were grade one, two and three CIN (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia) but which needed further treatment to ensure she was not at further risk.
“In April, I went back to Liverpool Women’s Hospital and underwent the Loop treatment,” she said.
Loop treatment is where a heated electric current removes certain cells from the body.
“Personally, I found the whole situation overwhelming and found it all mentally draining,” Chantelle added.
“After the Loop treatment, the doctor explained to me that at this stage, cancer is a possibility.
“When I heard this news, my whole world felt like it was falling apart and I could not help but think the worst.
“After a three-week wait, today I received a letter from Liverpool Women’s Hospital informing me that I had got it completely clear and that no cancer cells had been found.”
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cell changes.
Cervical screening can help prevent cervical cancer by identifying any infection and cells that have changed (become abnormal).
The cells can be monitored or treated to stop the development of cancer.
Samantha Dixon, CEO, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: “It should not be the case that shame is associated with cervical screening results in 2022.
“HPV stigma is something that needs to be tackled and it is up to all of us to remove the stigma of having a diagnosis.
“Much more needs to be done to ensure that everyone involved in the screening is fully prepared for different outcomes and has the information they need to deal with them, for the prevention of cervical cancer does not stop at cervical screening.”
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Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is using their campaign week, Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 17-23, 2022) to raise awareness about cervical screening, encourage participation, and increase understanding of potential outcomes.
Tonia Antoniazzi, Member of Parliament for Gower, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer: “We have an incredible opportunity to one day eliminate cervical cancer, and although cervical screening is at the heart of this, cancer prevention goes beyond screening.
“We need to recognize the importance of diagnosing, monitoring and treating cervical cell changes and ensuring that everyone is supported at every step.
“No one should feel that they do not have the information and support to access cervical screening or deal with an unexpected outcome.”
In the Northwest, the admission rate for cervical screening was 71.2% in the screening period per. March 31, 2021
The charity encourages women and people with cervix to book an appointment if they are late, while at the same time calling for greater action to increase understanding and reduce anxiety about potential outcomes.