Rebekah Vardy on her smear test scare: ‘I don’t want my kids to grow up without a mum’
REBEKAH VARDY ON HOW A ROUTINE SMEAR TEST SAVED HER LIFE
On today's Loose Women, guest Rebekah Vardy joined us to talk about our new campaign #FaceYourSmear and opened up about her own smear test scare.
Rebekah shared that after the birth of her son Taylor, now 9, her routine smear came back showing abnormal cells: “They wanted me to go back in and have a loop biopsy almost immediately. They were pre-cancerous cells. Obviously it was petrifying, you think the worst. It was around the time that Jade Goody had lost her life to cervical cancer, so that was in the back of my mind obviously. I had two young children. The worst crosses your mind. You can’t help but think, ‘I don’t want my kids to grow up without a mum’. It was hard.
She later added: “I had to have a loop biopsy. I had to have anaesthetic injected into my cervix and then it’s electronic, like a loop and it burns off the cancerous cells. It’s not the most pleasant experience, but it saved my life.”
Women attending smear tests is at a 21-year low in England, with 1 in 4 women in the UK overdue. With more than 3,000 diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and almost 900 deaths annually in the UK, we are encouraging viewers to pledge to attend their test via the FACE YOUR SMEAR pledge button on our website.
Watch the video to see the full conversation with Rebekah.