Please don’t die of for­get­ful­ness

The Mail on Sunday - - Tina Weaver -

AT 28, Beth has can­cer ram­pag­ing through her young body. The words ‘if only’ haunt her. For Beth didn’t go for a smear test. Too busy, too em­bar­rassed, just for­get­ful – every­day ex­cuses to put off three min­utes of slight dis­com­fort that could save our lives.

Beth is one of a stag­ger­ing 1.2 mil­lion women who didn’t bother to go for this vi­tal check in 2017-18 as screen­ings dipped to a 21-year low. What makes her suf­fer­ing all the more tragic is that, in the usu­ally one-sided war sci­en­tists are wag­ing against can­cer, this is one of the great wins.

Screen­ing, and dis­cov­er­ing a link be­tween the HPV virus and cer­vi­cal can­cer, have made this sav­age dis­ease pre­ventable. The big­gest can­cer killer of young women can now be halted. Bet­ter still, our school-aged daugh­ters are now be­ing vac­ci­nated against the HPV virus, too. This should be a cause of cel­e­bra­tion. But the grim re­al­ity is that cer­vi­cal can­cer cases are ris­ing and women are dy­ing need­lessly.

While run­ning the char­ity Well­be­ing Of Women for the past two years, I’ve learned we have to take own­er­ship of our own health.

JEN­NIFER Anis­ton says she got over her breakup from Justin Th­er­oux by hav­ing lots of ther­apy. This fol­lowed FOUR years of the same af­ter she split with Brad Pitt. If Jen spent more time en­joy­ing life and less painfully analysing it, she may just find the hap­pi­ness that seems to elude her.

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