Earlier this year, at age twenty-five-and-three-quarters, I had my first smear test. I’d received my invitation letter nearly a year ago and had rolled my eyes before popping it at the bottom of my to-do list along with the likes of, ‘clear out freezer’ and, ‘ring EE to change contract’. Part of me couldn’t be bothered, part of me assumed it would definitely come back clear (I’d had the HPV vaccine after all), and part of me just really didn’t fancy having a stranger shove a brush up my vagina. But instead of the ‘come back in three years’ letter I’d been expecting, I got a ‘come to the hospital for a colposcopy’, which led to ‘your smear showed severe pre-cancerous cells covering the entire surface of your cervix’, and finally to ‘I’m afraid we found a small area of cervical cancer’. I am incredibly lucky that it was detected early, and that my treatment has been far less … [Read more...] about Cervical Screening Saves Lives – And I Am Proof – So Why Are So Many Of Us Skipping Our Smears?
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LYING down on a hospital bed, Lizzie Dowd calmly looked up at the screen in front of her. She had gone in for a colonoscopy - where a narrow camera is inserted to look at the bowel lining - but thought it was just routine, to put her mind at rest. At just 28 years old she never for a moment thought she would have cancer. Yet there, on the monitor, she could see a large tumour invading her bowel. It was a double blow for her family, as only five months earlier Lizzie's mum Christine Dowd had been diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer, at the age of 51. Lizzie said: "I could see a tumour on the screen. I went numb. "After everything we'd been through with mum, this was nothing short of terrifying. I couldn't help but ask, 'Was I going to die?' "The doctor told me he could see a tumour and they'd have to run tests. I feared the worst. "Mum was devastated. The one thing that kept her going was that we were all well. I have two siblings, Clement, 27, and Martha, 23. "She kept saying, 'Well … [Read more...] about Mum dies of bowel cancer at 53 – as daughter discovers she’s battling the SAME disease aged just 28
Jeremy Corbyn has again called for "incontrovertible” proof of Russian involvement in the Salisbury chemical attack. Boris Johnson’s reaction to the demand for evidence was to call the Labour leader ‘blind.’ Corbyn told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that he wants concrete proof that Russia was behind the Skripal poisoning. "I want to see incontrovertible evidence of it,” Corbyn said. "I am appalled and alarmed at the idea that anyone would use this nerve agent and clearly it was an attempt to murder the Skripals on British soil. "Sadly, it's not the [OPCW's] job to identify who made it or necessarily where it was made. I think we do need to strengthen the role of the OPCW in the future." Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in no mood to wait for proof, said that Corbyn’s comments demonstrated his "blindness to reality" after inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last week backed the UK government's findings … [Read more...] about Corbyn again calls for concrete proof of Russian involvement in Skripal poisoning
Bristol City returned to winning-ways on Tuesday night, winning 3-1 at home against Garry Monks Birmingham City. First half goals from Marlon Pack and Bobby Reid saw the Robins head into half-time 2-1 in the lead. A nd with five minutes remaining, Matty Taylor converted Bobby Reid’s cross to seal the victory for the hosts. Here is what Robins boss Lee Johnson had to say after last nights win. Bit of relief there Lee? “Yeah I think so. It was a big win, and it needed to be a big performance. Obviously you've seen the changes to the team selection, some big changes really, and to the mindset. And it was bold.” “We could've got pelted for that one. I couldn’t play a 20 goal striker on the right or left” “Obviously the Joe Bryan one was a little bit different because we knew that was circumstantial. But it definitely worked, and I think the second goal was proof of that. So I'm very pleased.” “I though it’s the ethos of the … [Read more...] about Every word from Johnson on being bold and importance of Boro clash
GSD Leader Keith Azopardi believes he has stabilised the party following its turbulent recent history as he insisted there was “a lot to play for” ahead of the next general election. This comes as Mr Azopardi prepares to set out his plans this week for the party over the course of the next six months, including policy announcements, the emergence of personnel at different levels and reaffirming the GSD’s core values. Mr Azopardi’s tenure as leader recently passed the 100 day benchmark and, having crossed off items on his ‘100-day’ pledge, he is focused on his vision for the party going forward. An accomplishment of the 100-day pledge has been the establishment of a series of sub-committees where a lot of the “new thinking” work is happening, Mr Azopardi explained in an interview with the Chronicle. In this regard Mr Azopardi has tasked these committees with overlooking policy, outreach and a committee he is particularly ‘keen … [Read more...] about After months of turmoil, GSD is ‘stable and ready’ to campaign – Azopardi