'A simple smear test may have saved my life'
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.