Michelle Kee­gan

The ac­tress vlogged about her cer­vi­cal screen­ing test to en­cour­age her fans to at­tend their tests

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One in three women in the UK skip their smear tests, ac­cord­ing to Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust. So we’re giv­ing a huge round of ap­plause to Michelle Kee­gan, 31, who took to In­sta­gram – and her 3.7 mil­lion fol­low­ers – to share her smear test ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘A smear test is a way of check­ing the cells of the cervix for any ab­nor­mal­i­ties,’ ex­plains Dr Philippa Kaye.

Around 3,000 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed each year with cer­vi­cal can­cer – the ma­jor­ity be­ing women aged 30-45, so it’s vi­tal you at­tend the screen­ing pro­gramme, which starts at age 25.

‘If you’re reg­is­tered with a GP, you will be in­vited to screen­ing via a let­ter,’ says Dr Philippa. But what can we ex­pect?

‘It doesn’t take long, just a few min­utes. You will be asked to take off your un­der­wear and lie on the ex­am­in­ing couch. A small in­stru­ment holds apart the walls of the vag­ina – some women de­scribe a stretch­ing sen­sa­tion. A soft brush is then used to col­lect cells. The sam­ple is sent to the lab for test­ing and you should re­ceive the re­sult in two weeks.’ That’s it! Philippa is a med­i­cal am­bas­sador for Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust (jostrust.org.uk)

Michelle posted a video about her ex­pe­ri­ence on In­sta­gram

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