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"I tried pushing for answers but was never offered any alternatives"

"I tried pushing for answers but was never offered any alternatives"

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 9:30am 16th June 2019.

A Farnborough woman who has fought Cervical Cancer is urging others to make sure they have their smear tests after being refused one for being too young. 

Hannah Baker had six weeks of intense operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy after finding out she had the disease. 

She has a severe reaction to some of the treatment leading her to five weeks in intensive care. 

Hannah was 24-years-old and had been feeling unwell for a couple of years beforehand, but was refused a smear test because she was too young.

"I tried pushing for answers but was never offered anything else or any other route to follow", she told Eagle. 

Currently all women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening every three years from the age of 25 to 49.

Hannah is now in remission but cervical cancer has had life-changing consequences.

This Cervical Screening Awareness Week (10 - 16 June) she's is urging others to go for theirs, to ensure they don't go through what she did:

"If you're over 25 and offered a smear test then definitely do go for it."

"The way I see it is a smear tests lasts a few minutes, yet the outcome of cervical cancer could last a life-time."

"I'll still have bowel and bladder problems for the rest of my life. The emotional side of it will always sit with me. 

"I'm on medication and have to have an operation on my bladder every six months for the rest of my life."

Hannah Baker, smear test

According to the NHS , Cervical Cancer is the most common form of cancer among women under 35.

Women who have had the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine )as this does not protect against all types of HPV linked to cervical cancer) are also invited for a cervical screening. 

The HPV vaccine is offered free to all girls aged 12 to 18.

It also helps protect women from rarer HPV-related cancers, such as anal cancer, genital cancer and cancers of the head and neck.

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