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Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:02 pm
by ButterflyAway
Hi there guys

Well Last Week i went to have a smear test, and all day i was preparing myself for it and i got there and was told its fine but as soon as the dr/nurse found out i was 20 she rejected me, i told her that i was particularly worried as my mum had pre-cancerous cells when she had her smear and had it lasered and now shes ok and recently went for a smear herself, also i had 3 large cysts on both my ovaries of which 1 exploded and i had emergency surgury, and also with alot of the press about jade it made me kick myself in the bum to do it as its very important... i have constant back ache but it might be due to having quite large boobs.
I get really paranoid as there is always something wrong with me and i always fall ill for some reason..

I was shocked and discusted that i was rejected esp as my mums history and also my sister had abnormal cells many times.
My mum asked the nurse when she went if a 20 year old who was worried came would they reject and she said they wouldnt reject as if your worried then they will btu they say around 25+, i think this is too late!!

Am i right to be shocked and disapointed by the nhs system, she told me if i want it done i have to go private?



Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:28 pm
by Pigglet
If you are concerned and have had a close relative with abnormal cells, don't give up....

Try your doctors again and explain when you make the appointment what it is you want and find out where you stand! I think it ridiculious that we have to wait till 25 in this country as cervical cancer can happen to any one at any age. If your doctors refuse you treatment then try the hospital.

I don't want to worry you as it could just be something and nothing, but just to drive the point home, A close friend of mine was suffering from severe back ache for months along with irregular periods, she got fobbed of by doctors and the hospital as having a kidney infection. Luckly for her she didn't let it lie as she knew her body and her cycles well. It turned out that she did have cervical cancer. I still shudder to think that if she hadn't been such a strong persistant person that it might not have been found until it was too late.

As I said I don't want you to worry but do think its important that doctors listen to the people who know their body best. Keep going/trying untill they check it out!

Good luck! x

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:00 am
by LemonJuice87
Thats shocking! Thats really bad!!!

They shouldnt refuse someone just because of thier age, especially with your family history!!

Keep on to them. Every single day, every time they say no make it twice a day, then three times. They will soon give you the smear just to keep you quiet.
Not the best way to do it, but its the only way to get answers.

Good luck hun xxx

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:57 am
by snail
LemonJuice87 wrote:They shouldnt refuse someone just because of thier age, especially with your family history!!

Unfortunately the NHS doesn't have limitless resources. If they've decided that it isn't worthwhile screening women under 25, then that's the way it is. I'm not sure I agree with it, but it wouldn't have been a decision taken lightly - they would have had to review all the figures and the risks. I don't know, but family history may not be relevant here (as cervical cancer is primarily infectious). Don't blame the individual doctor, they can't bend the rules just for you, they could get into trouble.

You could make an appointment with your GP and tell him/her that you've been experiencing spotting in between periods. They may refer you for a smear then (as this can sometimes be a sign of cancer). Otherwise if you're really worried I would just go private: Marie Stopes do a smear for £100.

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:40 pm
by sarahloub84
It's sad but true, the age to have your first smear was 20 but now has been out up to 25. I can only assume this was a cost cutting excercise for our cash strapped NHS!

I had my first smear at 20 and guess what... I had CIN2 the medium level of pre-cancerous cells. Imagine what could have happened had I been told to wait til 25? It really doesn't bear thinking about! Luckily I am fine now, but still have to have 6 monthly smears, and the cells do reappear from time to time.

There are quite a few groups and organisations which are currently campaigning to have the age lowered to 18/20. I have joined such a group on Facebook set up by a 20 year old who had cervical cancer and required a full hysterectomy and chemo.

If your really worried you should go back and talk to the doctor again and discuss it with him. You could be worring about nothing though, so I wouldn't get too worked up about it. Like with most cancers cervical cancer can be heraditary but I think the pre-cancerous cells main cause is the HPV virus which is sexually contracted. This isn't your average STD though, it generally symptomless and usually pretty harmess and apparently up to 80% of the population can have this at any given time. This is what young girls are being immunised for at the moment, which seems to have caused some uproar! Like I said though, get back to the doctor and don't let it lie if you are worried.

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:50 pm
by snail
The Facebook group sounds like a great idea.

Let's hope the vaccine makes cervical cancer a thing of the past for the next generation.

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:07 pm
by ButterflyAway
Thanks guys i just wanted to know other peoples views.!

And to snail, it wouldnt be '' bending'' the rules because as i stated before my mum asked at the hospital and they said they cannot refuse you if you are worried.
My periods were regular for a year and then irregular for years and i started at 12, they've become regularish at 20. I was disapointed as she looked at us and said yeah she would and took us in and last minute changed ehr mind, its bending no rules and it even says online they cant refuse you, my back pains are horrible and some times unbearable. but i thought my irregular periods were down to the 3 cysts.
Anyway keep your views coming x

p.s- i wouldnt have just gone for a smear because of whats happening recently but have been worried for a while and think i should, many other places like ireland and scotland are 20 x

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:43 am
by dipsydoodlenoodle
The age where I used to live was 17; it's now been raised to 25.

You should complain to your doctors about the whole situation.

Re: Rejected for a smear!

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:08 pm
by snail
On the BBC's website yesterday: