In the UK 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and it's a sad fact that almost 1,000 women will die of the disease each year. After breast cancer it's the most common cancer in women under 35. This is information that we all need to be aware of because cervical cancer is real and it affects us.
However, simply reading the statistics on their own can be quite frightening and sometimes it can have the effect of us just wanting to bury our heads in the sand....which is the last thing we should be doing.
That's why it's important to find out as much as you can about the whole subject. The best way to handle the fear is with more knowledge not avoidance. Knowledge is your greatest weapon and it will help protect you.
Knowing what can be done, knowing the survival rates - that it doesn't have to be fatal, knowing where to get the help you need to prevent, or deal with, the disease and knowing how easy it is to start the combat ball rolling..... all this makes it less scary.
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is a UK charity dedicated to women (and their families) affected by cervical cancer. It offers so much information about the disease, prevention, treatment etc., as well as events and fundraisers throughout the year, not just during Cervical Screening Awareness Week. Remember, knowing all the facts instead of just some of them will help allay much of your fear and can give you the confidence to book that smear test you've been avoiding :)