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