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Is embarrassment the only reason to avoid your smear test?

Posted in Feminism
on January 28, 2018
#Smearforsmear cervical cancer prevention week

Embarrassed to go for a smear test

1 in 4 women don’t make an appointment for cervical screening when invited.

According to a survey by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, 27% of those surveyed who had delayed or not attended their smear test cited embarrassment as the reason.


And that is completely understandable.

It’s also pretty much the common theme in reporting on why women don’t attend. Some of the reporting can come across a bit “silly women for being embarrassed, go and get your smear test”. 

I’ve even read articles that suggest women just ‘get over it’ and make an appointment.

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