How to spot the early signs of ‘silent killer’ cervical cancer

It is often labelled as the silent killer but as the ­tragic death of nurse Julie O’Connor showed, cervical cancer DOES have tell-tale signs.

Mum-of-two Julie, 49, ­complained of symptoms but died last week after docs failed to ­diagnose her for three years.

More than 3,000 women ­discover they have cervical ­cancer every year and it is the most ­common ­cancer in women under 35.

It claimed the life of reality star Jade Goody when she was 27, leading to a spike in tests.

But ten years on, a new ­generation of women have been ­neglecting their health.

If caught early, the outlook is good — and despite the failures with Julie’s case, smear tests are crucial.

Yet those ­attending ­routine ­screening appointments has hit a 20-year low.

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