Upon being diagnosed, it can feel as though the world is collapsing in around you, but it's important to remember that you are not alone. Cervical abnormalities are a lot more common than you may think, and if you chat to friends and work colleagues, you will probably find someone who has been through a similar experience. Around 220,000 women are diagnosed with cervical abnormalities each year in the UK.
Many women find it helps to talk about their feelings, rather than bottling up anxieties and worries. Having a strong support network, possibly including your partner, family and friends, around you can make your diagnosis easier to come to terms with. Also, if you can chat to women who have been through the same procedures, or even read about their experiences, it may help reduce your anxiety about what lies ahead. Take a look at some other women's stories about their experience with cervical abnormalities here, or visit our online forum to chat to other women.
When first receiving a diagnosis of cervical abnormalities, it is understandable that you may want to carry out your own research to find out as much information as possible. We would always encourage you to look up information on trusted websites such as Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, NHS Cancer Screening Programme, NHS Health Scotland, Cervical Screening Wales, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Cancer Research UK so that you know you will be accessing reliable information.
- Try to focus on the fact that having a cervical abnormality does not mean that you have cancer
- Ask questions at every step of the way to make sure you understand what is happening to you – fear of the unknown can be make your diagnosis seem more frightening
- Ensure that you attend further tests or treatment – they could prevent you developing cancer in the future.