Joanna, from Altrincham, had been diagnosed with precancerous cells following a second smear test
that detected HPV (human papillomavirus).
A POLITICIAN has called for women to make sure they book their smear tests
during Cervical Screening Awareness Week.
In Shropshire, only 76.6 per cent of the 72,900 women who were due a smear test
before the end of March 2018 attended.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) inquiry focused on 16 women between January 25, 2016 and February 7 last year, whose smear tests
had been taken but no results had been identified.
The trainee primary school teacher from Lixnaw, Co Kerry, said the smear test
she had in October last year has been on her mind and the death last week of HPV campaigner Laura Brennan has left her with no choice but to contact the Department of Health directly to try and get some answers.
She said: "I know as a working mum of three that when that brown envelope from the GP arrives to say it's time to arrange my routine smear test
, like many others I am tempted to leave it to one side and get round to it later.
We just wanted to bring awareness to them and to people around Merthyr and Wales to go and have a smear test
We just wanted to bring awareness to people around Merthyr and Wales to go and have a smear test
She said: "I know a smear test
might not be the most pleasant of things to do, but it can help stop cervical cancer before it starts.
With this in mind, NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is keen to highlight the importance of women taking up the offer of having a smear test
All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are offered a smear test
every three years, while those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.
Claire says she finds it incredible that young girls who come to her business Salon Bellissimo at 3 Newall Terrace for a wax, freely admit they are too frightened to go for a smear test
or just don't bother.