After years of not participating in routine smear tests, the mother of a Czech-born child has confessed to being very angry with herself for skipping a life check for so long, and recently underwent surgery to remove precancerous cells from her. Cervical
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Real Housewives of Cheshire star Ester Dee has revealed how she “thinks [she] dying” in horror cervical cancer fear.
After years of not participating in routine smear tests, the mother of a Czech-born child has confessed to being angry with herself for skipping a life check for so long.
Ester, 37, recently underwent surgery to remove precancerous cells from her cervix and recounted how lucky she was to escape death.
Ester, who joined the RHOCH cast in 2016 before quitting the ITVBe show last summer, says ALRIGHT! : “It was horrible. I was an idiot with my health, putting my life at risk.
“I have been invited for a smear test many times but always ignore the letters thinking that there is no history of cancer in my family, that nothing can happen to me and that I am invincible. .
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“I don’t want the inconvenience of getting to the appointment or the discomfort of the procedure itself. I hate myself for disobeying my mom, who always tells me to go get checked out and ignore all the letters from the GP. It’s all my own fault.”
Every woman between the ages of 25 and 64 is invited to have regular NHS cervical screenings.
But Ester didn’t book an appointment until she started experiencing some disturbing symptoms three months ago despite several prominent public health campaigns.
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Ester started having vaginal bleeding, a lot of water and an unpleasant smell and was shocked to find out that they could all be signs of cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer kills around 850 women in the UK each year and experts say almost every death is preventable.
The mucus test takes a sample of cells from the cervix and screens them for HPV, a virus that can cause cancer.
“I did a Google search and immediately started panicking that I was going to die,” she said.
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“I thought of my little daughter and cried to her mother how could I be so stupid. I just feel completely devastated. I called the doctor and they made an urgent appointment for me to have the smear test I had the next day.
“After that, I couldn’t believe I avoided something that was over in less than a minute. Yes, it is a bit annoying but you can take some paracetamol first to solve that problem. And when it can really save your life, it’s worth it. ”
Ester’s sample returned showed abnormalities and doctors told her she needed to go to the hospital for a cervical biopsy.
Thankfully, the biopsy results came back clear but her doctors still felt the cells were of enough interest to remove them, which they did earlier this month.
“It was a bit painful and scary but I was relieved that they were gone,” she said. “As long as I don’t hear anything else from the hospital, I’ll be back in six months for another smear test. They will monitor me for several years because I have a higher risk of developing cancer.
“It’s horrible, but I really feel like I’m one of the lucky ones. I can’t bear to think of what could have happened if I had continued to go unchecked. “
The reality TV star shared her challenge in the hope that it might help other women not to miss their smears.
Last year, smear testing rates fell to an all-time low with only 70% of women eligible for screening.
Speaking directly to anyone who might be smearing them, Ester begs them for a date.
“Please, please don’t ignore your letter,” she told the publication, “Don’t be an idiot like me. We are all human and cancer can happen to anyone. If reading the story of this crazy woman from the Czech Republic helps even one person, then I will be very happy.
“No one knows for sure what is going on inside them and these cancers can be caught before they have a chance to develop. I want everyone to stay in this world as long as possible so go ahead. ”
Ester’s fear of cancer gave her a big wake-up call to revamp her lifestyle.
“It puts everything in perspective. I feel so helpless, so I want to change the things that I can control. I eat so much red meat that I am cutting back now.
“There won’t be any more chocolate or donuts and I’m reducing my alcohol intake and trying to lower my stress levels.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/real-housewives-cheshire-star-ester-27036784 Real Housewives of Cheshire star Ester Dee reveals fear of cervical cancer