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As women, we are both mentally and physically strong enough to cope with childbirth so in comparison, a Pap smear is quick and easy. It only takes a few minutes but provides you with peace of mind and reassurance.
In 1982 after seeing a friend in her mid 20s lose her battle with cervical cancer, I realised this disease is not age specific. As there was a diagnostic test available to detect abnormalities, I always made time for a Pap Smear and was vigilant in having regular tests. We tend to lose track of time but I could always rely on reminders from the Pap Test Register when it commenced.
I am now 51 years old and had a hysterectomy when I was 46 so no longer need to have Pap Smears, but still recommend women have the test every 2 years to ensure the early detection of abnormalities.
It only takes a few minutes but provides you with peace of mind and reassurance. Regular testing is beneficial in identifying irregularities early allowing you to have conditions treated in a timely manner and increasing the prospect of a good outcome.
As women, we are both mentally and physically strong enough to cope with childbirth so in comparison, a Pap Smear is quick and easy. While it may be uncomfortable at times, I would rather have this test for a clearance or early diagnosis/treatment rather than avoid the test and have a condition too late to treat like my friend 30 years ago.
There are no assurances in life but spending a few minutes having a pap smear every 2 years empowers you in taking control and being proactive with your health. This simple test may prevent you spending your valuable time fighting a late stage condition that may have been preventable – and which you would regret.