Emma’s Story

  • 7 years ago
  • Location: VIC
  • Age: 34
Read more stories from family members or friends of women affected by cervical cancer.

My mum was diagnosed with cervical cancer when I was in high school and she was in her early 50’s. We’d been living on a farm for many years and I don’t think she’d been getting regular Pap tests. She ended up requiring a hysterectomy and radiotherapy and was given the all clear for a few years. Unfortunately the cancer came back and by the time the doctors had worked out what it was it had spread to other parts of her body, including her spine. She underwent extensive chemotherapy which made her horribly sick and had operations to try and reduce her pain due to the cancer in her spine. It was too late and she passed away in 2003.

I don’t think ACCF was around when my mum passed away but I’m glad it exists now and can help so many women in Australia and around the world. Hopefully by sharing our stories, more women will get regular pap tests and reduce their risk of getting life threatening cancer.

My tips for Australian women about cervical health:

Get regular Pap tests, it only takes a few minutes and could save your life.