The 26-year-old vlogger is encouraging her fans to book in for their cervical screenings...
Zoella has a very important message for her fans.
The 26-year-old vlogger – real name Zoe Sugg – is urging her followers who are eligible for smear tests to book themselves in for appointments, having recently visited the nurse herself.
Zoe shared a YouTube video of herself before and after undergoing the simple procedure, admitting at the start that she was feeling ‘nervous’.
She explained to viewers: ‘If I’m honest, I’m just not the sort of person that’s hugely comfortable with showing more private areas to anyone that’s not my boyfriend, and I’ve never done it before.
‘I don’t really get my boobs out, I’m quite shy about body parts. And I don’t really know why, because I get that everybody has them.
‘I don’t know if that’s the bit I’m nervous for or if… waiting, for me, is one of the things that triggers the anxious feelings. So, like, waiting rooms.
‘However, it’s something I’m working on and today, is something I am going to do. And it might not be the most comfortable experience and it is quite terrifying for me, [but] I want to do it because it’s really important to have a smear if you’ve been asked to have one. It’s for your own benefit.
‘I hope this encourages those of you who’ve had the letter from your doctor and you’ve sort of tucked it away.’
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Cervical screenings save up to 4,500 lives a year, but many women who are eligible do not take up the invitation. In the UK, those aged between 25-64 are invited for tests.
Seeing as early detection and treatment can prevent 75% of cancers from developing, we think it’s great that Zoe is getting involved to spread the word.
Still feeling nervous about making that call? Well, after she’d returned home from the doctor’s surgery, Zoe reassured fans: ‘Do you know what, that was absolutely fine.’
She simply described the smear as ‘weird’, continuing: ‘It felt like something was nibbling at my cervix,’ before adding that she didn’t find it painful or uncomfortable.
For more information on cervical screenings, visit the NHS website.