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Don’t take the risk, book the smear

Hello, my lovely followers and readers of my blog! 

 I hope you are all okay and if you aren’t feeling ok. Just remember that’s it ok not to be ok and I hope you can get the right support you need and if you want to talk please remember that I’m here and the correct charities are here to support you!

Hello my loves, 

As you know that I talk about mental health on my blog. But I also like to talk about physical health. Today I want to talk about an important topic what is very close to my heart. 

Cancer

Cancer has been in my family for centuries. It’s like evil ugly twin sister everyone hates.  My Nan had breast cancer when she was 40 years old. I wasn’t born when she had that.  My Great – Grandad had prostate cancer which turned into Advanced which he was fighting with but he had a lot of mini-strokes and that was a reason why he died in 2009. Then the year later my Mum died of Cancer. She had bowel cancer while battling diabetes and anorexia. 

Today I want to talk about a type of cancer. But firstly, I’ll give you some facts to see if you can think of what type of cancer I am writing about. 

  • This cancer develops very slowly but if you don’t catch it in time, it’s deadly. 
  • This cancer is usually highly treatable if detected early.
  • Smear tests are crucial for this cancer, as you could catch cancer before it’s too late.
  • Jade Goody had this cancer, which sadly she died from it. There is a Jade Campaign to make awareness of smear tests. 
  • This type of cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and seventh overall, with an estimated 528,000 new cases worldwide in 2015.
  • Smear tests aren’t easy for everyone, but they can save lives.

Any guesses yet? 

It’s called Cervical Cancer. 

Here’s some important information from Jo Cervical Cancer Trust. 

Every year in the UK, around 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under. 

Cervical cancer is not thought to be hereditary. In 99.7% of cases, cervical cancers are caused by persistent infections with a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a very common virus transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area. Around four out of five sexually active adults (80%) will be infected with some type of HPV in their lives. However, for the majority of women, this will not result in cervical cancer. While HPV infection is common, cervical cancer is rare.

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What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

There are some recognised symptoms associated with cervical cancer that you should be aware of. These include;

  • Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods
  • Postmenopausal bleeding: if you are not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have stopped it for six weeks or more
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
  • Lower back pain.

Smear tests – (They can save your life!) 

A smear test s a free health test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for cell changes (abnormalities) on your cervix caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). It is not a test for cancer. It just checks if you have any changes what they need to keep their eye on or treat.

Many people are nervous about going for a smear test. It’s not at all embarrassing. It’s just like any test. Yes, it may be uncomfortable but it’s five minutes. 

 You are not alone if you find going for smear tests particularly difficult, or even impossible, as a consequence of experiencing sexual violence. – Louise Cadman! 

Please check out her blog post. Trigger warning: this blog is about sexual violence.  –

Let’s talk about it…smear tests after experiencing sexual violence

In the UK, you are automatically invited for a smear test if you are: 

  • between the ages of 25 to 64
  • registered as a female with a GP surgery.

 You are invited: 

  • every 3 years between age 25 and 49
  • every 5 years between age 50 and 64

 

I’m 21 years old. I can’t have one yet. Which is damn right scary, to say the least. I have to be the age of 25 to have one. But if I do show any symptoms, I can just go to my doctors and ask for help.

I have vowed to my family. I will take this test once I’ve reached that age. If I have any symptoms, I’ll go and get it looked at by the doctors. 

Please don’t risk that chance. 

Please Take It. 

Don’t risk it. 

Here are some charities I’ve found- 

Till next time! 

With lots of love!

Shannon Diana xx

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Mental illness isn’t going to get the last laugh. I am

I fight for my health and for other people’s health every single day in a way most people won’t understand, we aren’t lazy. We are warriors! 

If you don’t feel like talking to yet, I’ll always be here and I’ll help out any way I can. You aren’t alone. 

I know how it feels to be pushed aside. But listen, you are amazing and I’m proud of you so much. 

Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you. 

You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all. 

You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day.  You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else.

Here is some numbers to contact if you are experiencing a mental health crisis: 

Samaritans- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week: 

Call this number – 116 123 

Email address is Jo@samaritans.org 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men!  5pm to midnight every day.

Call this number: 0800 58 58 58 

Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat

Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm. 

Phone number: 0800 068 41 41 

Text Number: 07786 209697

Email: Pat@papyrus-uk.org

Childline- For children and young people under 19. 

Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill) 

The Silver Line- For older people 

Call: 0800 4 70 80 90 

In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433

In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14

In other countries- Visit ISAP OR Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country. 

Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK: 

  1. Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment. 
  2. Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need. 
  3. Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one. 

If you would like to contact me for PR or any collaborations or even support if you are going through a bad time. Please follow my social media accounts and email me.

Instagram- @Shannondianaxx  

Twitter- @SDianaax 

Email- ShannonDianax@outlook.com

Facebook Page- Mental Health & My Life

 

 

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