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.