The Women’s Podcast: ‘Just go and have your smear test’

To mark European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, Kathy Sheridan hears why smear tests are nothing to be embarrassed about

CervicalCheck says that along with the HPV vaccine regular cervical screening is the most effective way to reduce the risk of the cancer developing

CervicalCheck says that along with the HPV vaccine regular cervical screening is the most effective way to reduce the risk of the cancer developing

 

Every year in Ireland more than 260 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and up to 90 of those women die from the disease.

Emma Coyne had her first smear test when she was 25, preventing her from becoming one of those statistics.

On the latest episode of the Women’s Podcast, Emma speaks to Kathy Sheridan about her shock at finding out there were pre-cancerous cells in her cervix, how early screening meant it never went further and why there is nothing to fear when going for a smear test.

Listen to The Women's Podcast

Also on the podcast, consultant gynaecologist Dr Grainne Flannelly speaks about CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, and why, along with the HPV vaccine, regular cervical screening is the most effective way to reduce the risk of cancer developing.

The Pearl of Wisdom, European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, runs until this Saturday. If you’re a woman aged 25-60, you are eligible for free regular smear tests through CervicalCheck. Find out when your next one is due here: www.cervicalcheck.ie/

#ShareTheWisdom

You can find all our podcasts on www.irishtimes.com/podcasts.

Subscribe to the twice weekly Women’s Podcast on iTunes, Android and Soundcloud.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.