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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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
IT IS not every schoolgirl who can chat about kidding around with Princes Wills and Harry, or stealing the First Minister’s chair, or meeting famous actresses and street dance stars. But Grace Warnock is no ordinary schoolgirl. The inspirational winner of the 2018 Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year Editor’s Award is proof you don’t have to be a grown-up to care deeply about issues that affect people. The 12-year-old from Prestonpans in East Lothian is the driving force behind Grace’s Sign, a powerful campaign raising awareness of invisible disabilities. Grace was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a painful inflammatory bowel condition, when she was nine. The condition means she often has to make bathroom stops when out and about and she noticed strangers often threw her unpleasant looks and nasty comments whenever she used an accessible toilet. “It wasn’t very nice – people were horrible,” she says, matter-of-factly. … [Read more...] about Scotswoman of the Year: Inspirational schoolgirl Grace is proof of changing times
0 Have your say Alex Johnson is getting to grips with the biggest job of her career. After 25 years with Derbyshire’s fire service it was a huge decision to join the brigade in neighbouring South Yorkshire as its assistant chief fire officer – but it’s a move she won’t regret. “There’s certainly not many women in these senior positions. You can probably count on one hand how many of us there are in the country. So I feel quite privileged, as if I’m a bit of a trailblazer. I want to see more women coming into the service and progressing up the ranks, and I guess I’m proof you can do that.”Since starting in December as South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s third-in-command after chief officer James Courtney and deputy Martin Blunden, Alex has been visiting the county’s 22 stations and has noticed some immediate differences.“My head’s been spinning with all these new things,” she says brightly, ducking … [Read more...] about Star Interview: ‘I am proof women can lead fire service’
The concept of 'Dry January' was started in 2013 by the British charity and campaign group, Alcohol Concern. In an effort to reduce unhealthy drinking, the initiative encourages people to go sober for the entire month. The idea of a hangover-free month has enticed 3.1 million Brits who planned to take on the Dry January challenge this year, according to a YouGov poll. Here to make their decision easier are Club Soda, a company that launched in 2015 to promote the Mindful Drinking movement - a lifestyle which encourages healthier drinking decisions - through online courses. Club Soda's mission is to "create a world where nobody feels out of place if they are not drinking", co-founder Laura Willoughby told IBTimes UK. As a result, they run everything from low-alcohol and alcohol-free events, to festivals and pub crawls through London that take people around sites and through pubs known for non-alcoholic or low alcohol percentage options. As such, Club Soda have tapped into a wider trend … [Read more...] about Mindful drinking: Six tips for getting through the rest of ‘dry January’