Life-sav­ing test

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I WAS sad to read about the num­ber of women not hav­ing smear tests due to fear and em­bar­rass­ment (Mail).

I have not had a smear test for the past five years nor do I need to have one again.

Lucky me? No. Due to a di­ag­no­sis of ovar­ian can­cer in 2014, I un­der­went a hys­terec­tomy and six rounds of chemo.

I had vis­ited my GP on an­other mat­ter and only at the last minute of the con­sul­ta­tion did I think to men­tion the slightly un­com­fort­able feel­ing in my lower ab­domen.

The next few weeks sent me and my fam­ily into a tail­spin. But, due to the ex­cel­lent care of my doc­tor, con­sul­tant, sur­geon and the rest of the NHS staff in­volved in my treat­ment and sub­se­quent re­cov­ery, I am still here.

There is no test avail­able for ovar­ian can­cer, but there is one for cer­vi­cal can­cer, so please, ladies, make use of it. A lit­tle em­bar­rass­ment and a minute or two of mild discomfort is a small price to pay.

D. HAL­LETT, Steve­nage, Herts.

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