Tracey Cox Takes to Twitter to Support #SmearForSmear Campaign
The #SmearForSmear hashtag, cervical cancer's answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge, has flooded Twitter as thousands of females showcase their best smeared lipstick selfie with the aim to raise awareness about cervical cancer and to encourage women to attend a smear test.
The charity behind the viral campaign is Jo's Trust, a cervical cancer charity dedicated to providing support and raising awareness about the disease.
Tracey's own experience with cervical cancer means that she is particularly passionate about the movement.
"I had severe cervical cancer - one step off invasive - when I was 30 years old. If I hadn't had a smear test, the doctors said I would have been dead within two years," says Tracey.
"Getting a regular smear test stops it ever getting to the frightening stage, because if caught early enough, there's rarely a problem. I've spent my life telling all my friends to get regular smear tests. They all dutifully go now and love knowing they're safe and healthy. Go for yours NOW!"
A smear test is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can help to prevent cervical cancer.
Women between the ages of 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years and women between the ages of 50 and 64 are offered tests once every five years.
About 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK, which amounts to 2% of all cancers diagnosed in women (NHS).