As we approach January, and cervical cancer awareness week (22-28 Jan), this is a sad reminder to women everywhere, to attend your smear test.

5 million women in the UK are invited for a smear every year. As a result, 5,000 lives are saved every year.

There is no need to be embarrassed or scared about having a smear. The benefits of having a smear will far outweigh the dire consequences that can occur if you don't.

Lisa Gould was too embarrased to attend her smear. Sadly, her diagnosis of cervical cancer was therefore delayed, and despite early treatment, her cancer came back, and then failed to respond well to treatment. Sadly Lisa died in November.

Her funeral will take place on Monday. 

If you want to find out more about what a smear involved, visit Jo's Trust website here