"I was grateful that I hadn't ignored my cervical screening reminder"

Isha Webber wants to encourage young women to attend their cervical screening

I had my second cervical screening test done in July 2018. I was not anxious or worried about my results as my first screening test had come back normal. However, this time things were different.

Within three months, I was informed that high grade abnormal cells had been found in my cervix, I visited the colposcopy department for biopsies to be taken and I was assessed for a LLETZ procedure to be done under general anesthetic. It was a whirlwind to say the least, but the information provided by the NHS reassured me that I would be taken care of.

Most importantly I was grateful that I hadn’t ignored the reminder from my GP practice to have my cervical screening done.

Whilst awaiting my treatment, national statistics were released highlighting that the cervical screening uptake had hit a 20 year low, with emphasis on the 25-34 age group, the statistics in London and amongst Black and Asian women. I fit into all of these categories and as a result, I started to encourage other young women via social media to have their screening done on time.