Jo's tips

Be informed

Learn – using every resource available (especially the Internet) to gain more information about your type of cancer, its symptoms, the most up to date treatments available and prognosis and if going on a clinical trial could contribute to a better outcome. Find out what to expect and what is best for you to be able cope during your cancer journey.

Challenge

Challenge medical advice. If your symptoms persist, do not “brush them under the carpet”, but investigate further. Latterly, Jo said that she had learned so much about how her body worked and now knew it very well and so sensed when something was wrong.

Be realistic

Do not always assume the worst, but neither pretend nothing is wrong. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort or feel you do not understand or are unhappy with the medical advice given – challenge it, there is no shame about being worried about your health.

Get screened

Women should have cervical screening at least every three years. Being screened regularly can save your life as early detection and treatment of cervical cell abnormalities has proven to be very successful in preventing the development of cervical cancer.

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Date last updated: 
10 Mar 2011