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Salon in Spalding joins the drive to raise awareness of the importance of having a smear test


By Spalding Reporter


A Spalding salon is the latest to offer women a complimentary bikini wax when they show their smear test reminder letter - in a bid to encourage more to take up their screening appointment.

Attendance at cervical screening is at a 21-year low in England and staff at Strands of Spalding, in Clover Way, are doing their bit to support Cervical Cancer Awareness by launching a free scheme to try and help reduce these statistics.

Strands of Spalding owner Sharon Tear (right) with (from left): staff members Jessica Charity, Jo Dale, Anette Otto and Diane Yould. (7070556)
Strands of Spalding owner Sharon Tear (right) with (from left): staff members Jessica Charity, Jo Dale, Anette Otto and Diane Yould. (7070556)

The issue is one close to the heart of salon owner Sharon Tear, who underwent treatment for cervical cancer herself following a routine smear test and she is now urging others not to miss their appointments.

“When Jade Goody passed away there was a huge campaign but it seems like that has all been forgotten now – I don’t think people realise the severity of cervical cancer,” said Sharon.

“People do feel embarrassed about going for a smear but it’s something that can ultimately save your life.

“It has affected me – I didn’t know there was anything wrong and I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t gone for my smear test. And had I not, who knows what the outcome would have been.”

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged under 35, and every year around 3,000 women are diagnosed with it.

According to charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust one in three women aged 25 to 29 fail to attend their routine smear test, while the take up of screening is at a 21-year low in England.

“It has affected me – I didn’t know there was anything wrong and I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t gone for my smear test. And had I not, who knows what the outcome would have been.”

All women registered with a GP aged between 25 and 49 are invited to have a smear test every three years, while women aged 50 to 64 can attend every five years.

“Some people wax regularly and others don’t; we just thought that by offering a complimentary bikini wax it might make women feel more comfortable and relaxed about attending their appointments and that can only be a good thing.

“We’re not asking to see anyone’s personal details or results, we just thought if they brought in their reminder letter they could have a complimentary 15 minute appointment.

“We’ve shared the initiative on Facebook and it’s already got a lot of people commenting and is hopefully helping to raise awareness.”

  • To find out more or book an appointment contact Strands of Spalding, 3 Clover Way, Spalding, or telephone 01775 768999.


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