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Rozanna Purcell has opened up on her Instagram about catching pre cancerous cells after a smear test

She has urged women to keep getting smear tests following the Cervical Check scandal.

THE CERVICAL CANCER scandal has made a lot of Irish women incredibly concerned about their health and well being. The controversy revolves around over 200 women being given false negative results from their smear tests and not being told. 18 women of those women have since died.

Vicky Phelan and Emma Mhic Mhathuna both received clear smear tests in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Since then, both women have received terminal cervical cancer diagnoses. What has happened to all of these women is horrific and doesn’t inspire much hope in the Irish health system.

However, wellness blogger Rozanna Purcell has opened up on her Instagram about her experience with cervical cancer in a bid to encourage women to keep getting smear tests and to recognize possible symptoms of cervical cancer.

Education is power, so be informed, listen to your body & demand more. I was embarrassed about how little I knew about cervical cancer. I have always been on top of my smear tests but presumed it was something that was hereditary or just would never effect me. I was very fortunate to have symptoms because without them I would not have gone for testing again(and again). And luckily because of this I caught it early( pre-cancerous ).....which means it's very easily treated. I wasn't going to talk about it as it's a very personal thing & stupidly I felt uncomfortable about it. It's important to talk about, and share information. Maybe it might just spur one person to go get checked. First these are SOME symptoms but you may be symptomless 👉🏻Abnormal vaginal bleeding. For example, bleeding in between your periods, after sex or after the menopause. 👉🏻Blood-stained discharge 👉🏻Discomfort or pain in your pelvis. (from cancer.ie) Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the HPV virus which 80% of us will come in contact with at some stage or another. There is so much information & fantastic sites on cervical cancer - links in Bio. We should be discussing women's health like everyday subjects. What has happened recently with the cervical check audit is unacceptable and there needs to be accountabity. Womens health on all fronts needs to be made a priority we have so many opportunities to make this happen in the coming months and weeks. #cervicalcheck #smeartest

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She was incredibly honest in the post, revealing that because of attending her smear tests, her precancerous cells had been caught early and thus allowed her to be treated.

I was embarrassed about how little I knew about cervical cancer. I have always been on top of my smear tests but presumed it was something that was hereditary or just would never effect me. I was very fortunate to have symptoms because without them I would not have gone for testing again(and again). And luckily because of this I caught it early( pre-cancerous )…..which means it’s very easily treated.

She also shared some of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer and reminded people that cervical cancer doesn’t always present with symptoms.

MAY 25TH I am voting YES to repeal the 8th . The good thing about a referendum is that it creates an opportunity for discussion, exposing the reality of what’s going on for many people, while lifting the lid on an issue people may have wanted to ignore. Ireland has a long history of turning a blind eye to people in crisis, and it's finally time to stand up & use our vote for change. This referendum in particular has highlighted the isolation and shame many Irish women have felt. There are many women that have been, and are in crisis, and our country continues to let them down. I believe that every woman should be treated with respect and dignity. For me, this election is a matter of having a choice.....I respect yours so please respect mine. It's time the women of Ireland were given a choice, the right to decide, the support & safety they deserve. #repealthe8th #prochoice

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She also highlighted the need for discussion of women’s health to become more of an everyday subject as well better education around the topic itself.

We should be discussing women’s health like everyday subjects. What has happened recently with the cervical check audit is unacceptable and there needs to be accountability. Womens health on all fronts needs to be made a priority we have so many opportunities to make this happen in the coming months and weeks.

As of now the post has 5,000 likes on Instagram and many of her followers seem grateful that Rozanna has used her platform to educate people on something that should be talked about more. Rozanna also encouraged people to speak to their gynecologist about getting the HPV vaccine in the comments section.

One user commented:

Well done for using her your influence to educate @rozannapurcell especially during the cervical check scandal. Glad to hear you caught it in time.

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