Smear test plea by cancer survivor Mel

Face Facts: Mel Davies of Holbrook, helpline volunteer for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, is urging all women to have a smear test after winning her own battle against cervical cancer.
Face Facts: Mel Davies of Holbrook, helpline volunteer for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, is urging all women to have a smear test after winning her own battle against cervical cancer.
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A WOMAN from Holbrook who is unable to have children because of cervical cancer has urged women everywhere to make sure they have regular smear tests.

Mel Davies, of Marlpool Crescent, ignored a doctor’s letter to go for a routine smear test and didn’t go for the simple screening for 18 months.

But when she finally made an appointment and had the test, she received the devastating news that she had cervical cancer.

The 32-year-old, who lives with her partner Russ Montgomery, had to have a hysterectomy in 2009, which left her unable to have children.

Now she wants women to make sure they don’t suffer the same consequences and is urging them to take advantage of the free test.

“I want to say, just don’t leave it,” said Mel. “The NHS offers the service so make use of it. It is a fabulous service.

“It is so frustrating that so many people don’t have regular smear tests. And two minutes out of your life could save your life.”

Mel, then 29, first noticed a symptom of the cancer when she experienced “abnormal bleeding” after being intimate with Russ.

It forced her to book the test. But she admitted if it wasn’t for the symptoms, she would never have booked it.

“I am thankful I had been displaying symptoms,” she said.

Mel has been given the all-clear but has had to come to terms with the fact she can’t have children.

“It doesn’t feel too bad to be honest,” she said. “I never really grew up with a massive desire to have children. But there have been times when I have thought about it.”

Russ has an eight-year-old son. Mel was speaking out as part of last week’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.