I had my routine smear test in Jan 2014.
In July 2014 I demanded a gynacology referral. I saw a locum Dr who pretty much told me the issues were psychological. I insisted on a referral anyway. I was not feeling "right" and standard STI screening was clear. I had my appointment in the August of 2014 and the gynacology requested every test possible. The following day I received a phonecall to return asap. I attended within a couple of days. CIN3/4.. I was shocked as were they. They said that ordinarily it takes a few years for the changes to happen. I was offered LLETZ treatment immediately but I rebooked so that I had someone to attend with me. Just as well as I was one of the few unlucky ones that had a difficult time with the procedure.
If I had waited until my next routine smear test, it would have been due Jan 2017. If the cells were CIN3/4 in August 2014, where would I have been by Jan 2017. I appreciate that perhaps my case is rare, but I know 22/23 year olds with children who still haven't had a smear test. One actually requested to have one and was told "Not until you're 25..."
I mean, really? I don't agree with that at all. I'm an advocate for women to get checked - especially those who avoid it because it is a "taboo" subject. It's a very scary situation. Yes the process is not the .let pleasant thing.. and for some it can be quite uncomfortable or even painful.. but imagine having to tell your loved ones - or if you're a parent, your children - I haven't got long I have cancer and it's untreatable. I know what I think is harder.