Jade Goody’s legacy

Back in 2009, Jade Goody’s very public cancer battle made women everywhere wake up and realise the importance of going for regular smear tests.

GPs reported record numbers of women getting checked out – with figures showing that an extra 37,000 smears were given to women in their 20s that year.

But five years on, hope that Jade’s legacy would have a lasting effect has faded, as the latest figures show a drop of 8% in the amount of women that have not kept up with regular checks.

In a poll on goodtoknow, 33% of you told us you weren’t having regular smear tests, and with statistics highlighting that half the new cases of cervical cancer are in women who’ve never been screened, it’s more important than ever that we get checked out.

– If you’re worried about what to expect, read our guide to what exactly happens when you go for a smear, with tips from goodtoknow users about how to make it a stress-free experience.

Read goodtoknow user Emma’s story about why going for that all-important smear saved her life.

Find out how Jade’s cancer developed over a three year period.