When was the last time you had a Pap smear test ladies? If you don’t immediately know the answer to this question, then you are the reason why I’ve just shot a lighthearted video about a heavyhearted issue for the dedicated bunch at SA Health.
Our aim with shooting a video that’s pokes a bit of fun at the issue is that we all know without doubt there’s a couple of reasons why we don’t even chat about the subject that much even with our girlfriends.
Firstly, no one’s every going to really get excited about having any part of their body scraped with a silver implement are they?
And secondly, no one really wants to talk about something that might have been sitting in their ‘to do’ box for far too long, when they know damn well that they’ve just been nagging someone else to do the responsible thing for themselves, yet they can’t do something similar for their own health safety reasons.
Sure we can put off paying for the electricity until that very last moment when the reminder bills get so covered in red ink that they’re practically growing horns and slapping you across the face.
We can even put off going to the dentist and just pray that our absence won’t result in a drill stuck in your mouth and leaving with a lisp.
Mothers especially can always find an endless list of things they believe they have to get done to make sure everyone else they love in life is looked after, yet when it comes to themselves, it gets thrown so far down the list that it’s either flat out forgotten or it becomes that thing that pops in your head every so often but gets shut down with a “It’ll be fine!” or “I’d rather not know.” The latter of which is a cop out which only results in playing a game of Russian Roulette with yourself.
But the fact is, cervical cancer is a reality for all women but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence in 90% of cases if we just committed to getting checked regularly.
I wonder how many men, have asked their partners lately, “When was the last time you got checked?” Probably not nearly enough because we women don’t even discuss it even though we workshop everything else absolutely ragged.
What SA Health cleverly wanted to do by filming this video which you can check out on their website http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au is put out there a little viral campaign that all of us can forward on to the women we love, via email, Face Book, or even Twitter to remind them that just because you may be concerned that you might get back a result that isn’t completely clear, in most cases the whole point is that if you get a test that says you’ve got unusual cells, then you can get them treated before it’s too late.
I remember not being so great with my regular checks, that when I finally went for my test the receptionist informed me that the doctor wanted me to come back to discuss my results. 24 hours later and with anxiety almost blowing my eyeballs out of my head, I was told they just needed to have another look to make sure there wasn’t a problem.
There wasn’t thank god but I won’t be ever that slack with my health ever again.
The whole point is that it’s up to all of us to remind each other that putting certain things on our life admin to do list just has to be done. If we all just took a moment to ask a woman we love when the last time they got checked was, there would be far less statistics of women who die of cervical cancer. It’s that simple and it’s that crucial.
As our video says, cervical cancer can be as aggressive as a Boxing Day Sale, a simple way to avoid this is to just going and get checked.