I was 21 when I had laser surgery for pre-cancerous cells on my cervix. They were picked up thanks to a smear test. This was back in the days when you could get a smear test at the age of 21. Fortunately everything was cleared, but I’ve relied on those smear tests ever since.
I also met and worked with Jade Goody on several occasions. So the campaign to encourage young girls to have the cervical cancer jab has always been close to my heart.
What can we do about it, as mums, aunties, sisters, cousins?
We can make sure young women are vaccinated against the HPV virus at the age of 12 or 13. We can tell headteachers like this one that they’re woefully misguided and that their ludicrous policy could put the lives of their pupils at risk in later years.
Something has to be done.