Friday 22 September 2017

'A simple smear test may have saved my life'

Ashling O’Regan
Ashling O’Regan

Ian Begley

Getting a smear test potentially saved the life of 29-year-old Ashling O'Regan.

Ashling told the Irish Independent that following a smear test for cervical cancer she received a letter informing her that her results were 'abnormal'.

However, this did not worry the young woman from Raheny, Dublin. "I've had an abnormal result in the past so I wasn't worried. I was going to delay it [the follow up test] until after the new year, but when my mum found out she implored me to prioritise the test."

The results showed she had pre-cancerous cells.

"It came as a big shock. If I held it off any longer I could be telling a whole different story. Putting up with a few minutes of discomfort potentially saved my life."

Ashling did not need any other treatment and, six months later, got the all-clear."

She told her story to encourage others to attend free smear tests during European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

Read more: Heather Keating who beat cervical cancer: 'Any child I have will get the HPV vaccine'

Irish Independent

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