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Mellissa Crowley
This Morning ITV - LIVE CERVICAL SMEAR

Hello,

I have just flicked on the TV and on This Morning today they are going to show, live on air, a lady having a cervical smear, I think a first perhaps ?
They are also going to discuss smears in general.

It looks of interest!

Mellissa x

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

Karenmc

what did you think.

i thought the smear test was great, BUT dr chris was talking in my opinion from the dark ages and giving the disease a real stigma, going on about the number of partners that you have had. also saying that only over 25 should have the test done. They did not go into any details on the reasons for early detection.

Would be interested in other peoples views

Mellissa Crowley

Hiya

I thought showing the smear was great too, espeacially doing it using the new Liquid Based Cytology HOWEVER I too am upset the way Dr Chris discussed Cervical Cancer and only mentioned it was through HPV that it could be caught!

Also the age 25 and up, well I was 23 when I was diagnosed and through Jos Trust have encountered many other young women who have had the disease. I am dissapointed with ITV.

I would be interested in other peoples opinion.

Mellissa

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

Karenmc

I have just emailed them telling them what i think.

the address is [email protected]

Probably will do no good but i feel better!

Mellissa Crowley

Karen

I am going to email them too!

Mellissa x

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

CHESKINS

Hi All,

I am also going to e-mail them, I sat watching telly with my Husband who had popped home from work for Lunch... I have only ever had sex with 1 bloke, I was 19!!! I've been married to him for 24 years. Dr Chris made me feel like a slapper.

When I asked my Oncologist... "Why me"??? He said "it's a virus, like the flu, some people get it and others don't".

take care,
Caroline xxx

Mellissa Crowley

Hiya

yes I agree - I am amazed and shocked at the information given out on todays show, I have just emailed this morning.

1. He said Cervical Cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted diease, WRONG. HPV can be a factor in causing squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix BUT has nothing whatsover to do with the other type of cervical cancer which is called an adenocarcima. - I know this because @ 23 years old i had stage 1b1 adenocarcinoma of the cervix

2. also i was upset with regard to his comment about the age of incidence - 25-64 - I again beg to differ and I was 23 and have met many young women who have had cervical cancer.

Again the Live smear was great BUT god knows who researched that piece for ITV but it was dealt with in a tactless and factually incorrect way.

Mellissa xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

karen1

Hello Girls i to have emailed them bloody cheek!!

always fighting karen xxxx

gabi

Although I'm in the US, I was reading your post about the tv show. I can't beleive that they continue talking abouit CC as if it is an infection caught having sex!!!!! :x The misinformation is huge, how can doctors still say that? Here in the US is the same and is a shame. I had adenocarcinoma, they said wasn't due to the virus, although I have the virus but I only had two sexual partners, I guess one of them pass it to me, but you don't need to be with multiple partners to get it, so I'm angry at this lack of information and education and profesionalism.
I guess laboratories want to sell vaccines....
please we have to get more information out there.

Gabi

gabi

Mellissa Crowley

Gabi

You are soooooooooo right - Watching the show in England this morning made me angry but also sad, sad about the lack of factual information out there!

Its shocking that a Doctor on TV should be able to give out such Information.

I have written and complained, so we shall see.

Mellissa xxxxxxxxxxx

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

joanne

I have just sent the following e-mail to good morning!

I am sending this to say how disappointed I am at your portrayel of women who have and who have had cervical cancer. I was diagnosed with cerical cancer (adenocarinoma) 18 months aged 36, resulting in hysterectomy, chemo/radiotherapy. I haven't slept around (2 partners in my life), my husband has only "slept" with me. There is a stigma attached to this cancer, due largely to misinformation as shown on your show, which adds to the stress of coping with cancer, I feel when telling people I have had cervical cancer, I should back this up by saying I have never missed a smear, and I have not slept around. We know hpv causes a high proportion of cervical cancer, but the majority of the population will carry this virus at some time in their lives. Opinions such as expressed on your show make me feel ashamed to admit to having cancer, why couldn't I get a respectable cancer!!!
I only hope you can in the future give a more positive response to a cancer that effects many womens lives,
Regards, Joanne

There must be worse crimes than having sex. I feel really strongly about this issue!

admin

congratulations on your letter, i feel exactly the same, even more when have to explain that never missed a smear and the sex part....(wich shouldn't be shameful either). It all comes down to education and commercial interests.

Gabi

snoopy

i purposefully didnt watch this programme i knew what they would say! As for the Smear Test itself!! Well lets put it this way it might have saved my life if they had read it properly!!! my 2000 smear was what they call a false negative - it is wrong to put complete faith in the smear test it is only 70 percent effective as i now know to great cost they should be telling us that because its a fact! that had I known I would have gone annually for a test! Hindsight is a wonderful thing!three years later it had got into my nodes and although i am presently well it has been made quite clear to me that my chances of staying clear are very poor indeed.

Tracy

bec

Just sent them an email too :twisted: :twisted:

bec
xx

Mellissa Crowley

Good stuff -Keep us all informed and please post a message if anyone gets a reply from This Morning!

mellissa x

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

nikkim1970

I have also sent them a snotty e-mail, what are they thinking of saying that you will not go on to get cervical cancer if you have regular smears. I to have only had a couple of partners and was with my children's father for 11 years when i was diagnosed so they either have there information wrong or he must of played away without me knowing.
I also put in the email about my smears and colposcopys being negative when in fact they were positive and i went on to get 2B invasive cervical cancer that had been there for 3 years and missed every time, my case goes to court in 6 weeks time!
I was in remission for for nearly 5 years but had a recurrence this year in my Lymph nodes, im currently having chemo/radio but my future is very uncertain and all because of the hospitals incompetence....

Nikki

2B invasive cervical cancer in 2000, recurrence in July 05 Lymph Nodes.

Diagnosed Oct 2000 Invasive 2B cervical cancer, Treated with Chemo & Radiotherapy. In remission for 5 years sadly had recurrence in Lymph nodes last July treated again with chemo & Radio treatment finished in February! Still waiting to see if in remission

admin

I didn't see the show but feel very angry about it from reading all your emails.

Maybe Dr Chris has HPV? After all, it is a very common virus.

Smug git.

Apparently most of the population has HPV at some point during the average lifetime. I also find CC a difficult disease and often have to curb the impulse to 'explain'. Firsly that I played by the rules and always turned up for my smear tests. Secondly that I'm not a promiscuous slapper who 'asked for it'. You'll have to take my word for that. We must all refuse to accept the blame and shame surrounding CC.

Amanda

Mellissa Crowley

I am still very angry with Dr Chris and yet to recieve a reply from This Morning... I had been with my boyfriend since I was 17 up until I was diagnosed with CC when I was 23 and always practised safe sex. I have never slept around and post cancer have struggled in new relationships with sex and intimacy.

I guess I will always battle with issues surrounding sex and intimacy and I recognise that. Cervical cancer and a very cruel disease... it has robbed me of being able to carry children, and it is very had to dissassociate sex and cancer but I can't change the past, i guess I have to look forward.

I was so ashamed of having CC for so long after watching Dr Chris yesterday it has upset me..

Hugs to everyone

Mxxx

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

gabi

Hi hope we get a response, but I doubt it, those TV shows want just to have sn smear test live, the rest, they don't care much. Anyway I might be very wrong , at least is like this here in the US, they just care for the ratings.
But I think is very good to have our views out.
Love for all.
Gabi

gabi

Nic

Hi everyone

I missed This Morning, but it seems shocking what Dr Chris said. When I first heard they were doing a smear I thought it was an excellent idea, but Im appauled by what was said. May I suggest that anyone who watched the programme and has taken offence to register a complaint with OFCOM, this way This Morning will be forced into an appology and will put a more competent researcher on an issue as sensitive as this in the future.

Don't let them get away with misinforming people and spreading ignorance over an issue like this!

Nic xx

Mellissa Crowley

Hi again,

Thanks for the information re OFCOM. I have just complained.

If anyone else wants to the website is

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/advice/contact/tv_radio_other

Mellissa x

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

admin

Hi
Like you all I was surprised and disappointed at all of the misinformation about CC that was given on This Morning.

However, statistically speaking your chances of contracting HPV virus do increase with the amount of sexual partners you have. That goes hand in hand with another fact that you only have to have sex with 1 person to contract HPV. These are the facts (please tell me if there not coz I'll have to seriously reconsider my information source!!!)

I think my anger comes from the fact that there is still the idea that there are 'deserving' and 'undeserving' women who have CC. The deserving being those who are 'promiscuous slappers'. The undeserving being those women who have had few partners.

Another fact - no one deserves cancer.

I have noticed that many of us are really keen to tell everyone else on this bulletin board that they are not promiscuous. They have had few partners or the same one for however many years. If we really believe that no one is deserving of CC, then stop telling each other your sexual history - coz I am getting a really strong message that some of you (deep down inside) ARE buying into Dr Chris's WhateverHeisCalled sermon of 'Cervical Cancer = Sexually Deviant' some of you seem ever so keen to prove otherwise!

I am sorry if I am wrong. I just don't think we should relate our cancer stories to our sexual history - it's unhelpful and only serves to magnify the stigma attached to this disease.

Come on ladies - who cares what your 'magic number' is. What we do have in common is the fact that this terrible disease has touched our lives and we have survived. Dr Chris and This Morning got it all wrong - they focused on the causes, surely Jo's is about focusing on the solutions!!!!

Rant Over....

admin

Another fact that the media usually get wrong is that women wo get cc never go for a smear........RUBBISH - HOW ABOUT TELLING US THAT SMEARS ARE ONLY DESIGNED FOR ONE TYPE OF CARCINOMA!!!

I have worked in HIV (one of the biggest increasing STDs amongst heterosexuals) and you only have to sleep with someone once......

gabi

I don't think we are talking about the "magic number " here. What we are saying is that there is lack of education about CC. We are saying that is much thought that is a disease that we get because a virus and is not like that in every case. The rest about how many people we slept wih, that is something unimportant.

gabi

amanda 26

I am replying to 'ranting guest' who posted at 4.17

I agree with what she said and respect her for saying it. Sorry if I've ever been keen to suggest I'm a woman of cast iron virtue in the past.

Ranting guest is right. We shouldn't be competing amongst ourselves about who is the most blameless, and whose cancer was and wasn't caused by HPV. If we are uncomfortable and shamed by it ourselves, it will continue to be an uncomfortable and shameful disease.

I think we should promote the fact that HPV is a COMMON virus. That over 50% of sexually active adults will contract it at some point (but their immune systems manage to fight it off with no damage). That's 50% of doctors (dr chris?), politicians, TV presenters, pop stars, cleaners, secretaries, 50% of everybody. We didn't get cancer because we got HPV - most people who get HPV don't develop cancer - we got it because our immune systems failed us.

Having said all that, I do feel uncomfortable sometimes about CC because I think I know what other people are thinking and wondering about me. It's great CC and HPV have been in the news lately, because so many people have been ignorant of the link. On the other hand people like my mum are now jumping to all sorts of conclusions, which I resent and refuse to defend myself against.

Anyway blah blah blah. Ranting guest said many true and important things about the importance of not being ashamed - so why is she ashamed to put her name to her post?

Who are you ranting guest of 4.17?

Amanda

admin

Hi - it's ranting guest
It is not that I am ashamed to put my name to the post. I did it to protect myself. I have occassionally seen lynch mobs form against anyone who may have a slightly different view here on Jo's. It worries me at times. I am a regular poster, I did not want to be left out in the cold. I value the support that I get here - it's just at times, having a different point of view can be lonely.

I hope you understand...

admin

Hi to guest,
I understand completely your point of view, and I think I put in my post "there must be worse crimes than having sex", I think one of the reasons we feel this pressure is that women who get cervical c. are somehow to blame because of their lifestyle, however I agree, that having sex with one partner or 100 does no way justify this disease, however because of this stigma it can put extra pressure on relationships, I have discussed with my own family and here on Jo's, with women who have questioned whether their husband has been faithful or vice versa, because of their diagnosis, which is unecessary pressure at time when we need the support of those around us. I am 100% behind teaching safe sex etc. but I am yet to be convinced that cervical c. should be classed as an STI. In my view, because of this we feel a need to say I am not to blame, whatever our sexual history, this happened to me through no fault of my own, because we don't need to be judged by others.
Think this was abit of a ramble, may not be clear!!! Best wishes to you all, Joanne

admin

Hi all

I think all of the 'ranting' is completely justified. I really hope that an apology is to follow to the TV, along with an explanation. It is hard enough to tell somebody you have cancer or abnormal cells, and the stigma attached to this is not fair.

I've been far luckier so far than some of the ladies here. I've had treatment for CIN2-3 (which I hope is now the end). All of my family and friends have been supportive, but it doesn't help when you hear comments like that on the TV. It makes me annoyed, very annoyed.

As for making out that women with these problems are promiscuous, that's charming! I've had partners which I've chosen wisely, and I know of others who sleep with anything that has a pulse. They've been lucky.

How dare these people imply that it is the fault of the woman to have this dreadful disease? I don't know about you ladies, but when I was in school and had sex education, nobody warned us about HPV. So why make women feel guilty and dirty about their past, which cannot be changed now? They should focus their efforts on helping. As one lady correctly pointed out, around 70-80% of people will contract HPV at some point in their lives, and it's then up to your immune system.

It's a shame thet don't get some of you ladies on the TV to out the nation to rights and tell them the truth!

joanne

ps.
now that I am logged in, I think what I wanted to say was that by saying I have "only" had x number of partners, we are not trying to be superior, but want to say, we still got the cancer, so promiscuity is not the issue, but better education of smears, what they are testing for, signs and symptoms etc.....joanne

Mellissa Crowley

Hiya

I also agree with alot of things ranting guest has to say - would love to know your name! We are all friends here and I believe we are all allowed to have and express our own opionions.

Mellissa

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

Caro

Just wanted to add my views to this. It is quite a highly charged issue.

I did not see the programme but am disappointed that the subject was reflected in this way. I am glad that those that saw it have emailed the programme.

I was questioned about the number of sexual partners when i was in hospital - a number of times. I found it very upsetting. Now I am angry about it. As like many of you I do not see the relevance. It is like being back in the dark ages in relation to women and their sexuality.

I have also been asked re did I miss a smear as though it was my fault too. I didnt miss one but had the type of cancer which does not show up pre cancer!
(Endometrial Adenocarcinoma)I too never knew there were different types of CC.

I think there can be an element of judgemental questioning in relation to many illness's. I guess some people feel safe about it. A friend of mine had Breast cancer but she did not fit any of the high risk categories either. However sexual behaviour is very personal and with women directly connected to our emotions.

Maybe we need to confront it head on. I do feel like wearing a tshirt to my next appointment at the hospital saying I am a Slapper or something like that. :twisted:

Just for the record I am not one.

I did read somewhere abot the possible link of HPV and prostrate cancer. I am not sure if this has been developed. However is their a stigma with prostrate cancer? I dont think so.

That is my rant over. I hope not to have offended anyone.

Caroline

Caroline

gabi

I' m with you Caro.
I too had adenocarcinoma. But the real problem continue being the misinformation about CC or the poor education about it. Anyone can get CC , so the causes are different, I think is just our immune system or genes. As a lady said in this forum, "we should focus on the solutions" but for that to be done we should care about the early detection and I think the only way to go doing a pap every six months, at least. NOT every year. As a lot of us know paps could be misread, an in order to detect changes we should repet it in a short period of time.

There is no vaccine that is going to work for all the women in the world, that is what my doctor told me and she is in the team who discovered this vaccine. there are 70 types of HPV , so for the vaccine to work is hard. and we also know HPV is not the only cause of CC. So let's focus on a campaing about reapeting paps en a short period of time and in making this test more reliable.

(Sorry for the poor vocabulary and bad grammatics, english is not my first language)

Health to all.
Gabi

gabi

Jo Mac

I missed This Morning,just read about it and watched there video clip on itv.com. makes interesting reading.......deep in thought and share the same feelings as you all. I was 27 and hadn't had numerous partners. Hope they do a follow up programme in response to all your emails.
I'm going to email NOW! and suggest they visit the Jo's trust site.

Love

Jo Mac

admin

Hello ladies
....just wondered, anyone had a reply from 'this morning' yet? (I emailed my disappointment too).
den
All my best wishes to you all! x

Mellissa Crowley

Hello Ladies!

As you know I complained to This Morning and OFCOM and have not heard from either yet! :(

Not happy at all! Its over a week now....

Mellissa

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

karen1

Hello Girls i got a letter today from ofcom xxx tell you more later got to go xxx always fighting karen

CHESKINS

Hi Girls,

I also recieved a letter this morning from Ofcom...

[b]This Morning: ITV: 21 October 2005:10:30am[/b]

Thank you for the complaint. We appreciate that you felt that a feature on this programme which looked at cervical cancer was inaccurate and offensive. We have now had the opportunity to view the recording of the episode and whilst we are sorry for any distress it caused we do not feel that there is any breach of our Broadcasting Code. Your complaint does not mention what in particular caused concern so we can only respond generally.

The item which featured a live cervical smear followed a This Morning survey which stated that many women were unaware of key facts surrounding this particular form of cancer. It's aim was therefore to increase awareness and dispel many of the common myths that surround cervical screening and cancer. Dr Chris Steele stated that cervical cancer is'...in effect an STD caused by HPV. Clearly there are other cases where this is not a factor. However the doctor was talking generally about the desease and as this show is always limited by time factors it would be difficult for them to highlight every aspect or variant of the desease.

We appreciate that sometimes Dr Chris style of presentation may appear to be somewhat brusque but we feel that overall this piece served a valuable purpose an was not likely to mislead viewers or cause widespread harm or offence.

Thank you for taking the trouble to contact us. It is important for us to know what the audience thinks.

I can't spell half the things I'm thinking at the moment...
take care,
Caroline xxx

Mellissa Crowley

Hi ladies,

I also got a letter from OFCOM this morning; it reads;

Thank you for your complaint. We appreciate that you felt that a feature on this programme which looked at cervical cancer was inaccurate and offensive. We have had the opportunity to view a recording of the episode and whilst we are sorry for any distress we do not feel that there is any breach of the broadcasting code.

It item which featured a live cervical smear followed a This Morning survey which stated that many women were unaware of the facts surrounding this particular form of cancer. Its aim was therefore to increase awareness and dispel many of the common myths that surround cervical screening and cancer. Dr Chris Steele stated that cervical cancer is ,"in effect an STD caused by the human wart virus".

He was talking about the majority of cases that are caused by HPV. clearly as you rightly state there are cases where this is not a factor. However the Doctor was talking generally. He went onto state that nuns and virgins do not get cervical cancer but then added or at least very rare. he also discussed other factors, such as smoking which are believed to increase the likehood of contracting the disease.

With regard to the age ranges referred to by the doctor, he did not claim that only those between the ages of 25-64 were affected. He did say the NHS screen programme invotes women who fall into this age range to attend as this is the age bracket that cervical cancer occurs most commonly in. he stated that the diease occured but was much rarer in older and younger women. we appreciate that sometimes dr chris's style of presentation may appear somewhat brusque but we also feel that overall this piece served a valuable purpose and was not likely to mislead viewers or cause widespread harm or offence.

_____________!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

words cant describle my anger ....

Mellissa x

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

Sue M

How very , very sad that someone of the medical profession (who lets face it gets paid for the TV "work" he does) dumbs down to tabloid standards. Cervical cancer is not an STD........HPV is sexually transmitted but as I think many people have pointed out on this forum many, many people carry HPV and don't develop cancer. Some people don't carry HPV and still develop cancer. This is more about the inability of the immune system to fight off the virus.

How very, very sad that OFCOM feel that they also have to "make us feel better" by indicating that "as you rightly state there are cases where this is not a factor". Thank you OFCOM ...fountain of all medical knowledge......smoking increases the risk of contracting the diasease is rubbish - it increases the chance of dysplasia just as it does in the mouth, oesphagus etc, etc..........at least reply and know what the hell you are talking about.

Why was Jos not contacted about this so that a decent debate could have been had.........using words like "contracting the disease" is ridiculous....people can contract the virus and then not develop cancer...

All I can say is thank GOD he is not my GP but judging by his biog he thinks alot of himself....

"Dr Chris Steele believes that his prominent position in the media is an ideal platform for him educate millions of people on health issues and hopefully save lives! As well as his daily GP work and television appearances, Chris has written extensively on health and medical issues over the past 30 years, notably on the subject of quitting smoking, babies, and young children."

Rant over

Sue xxx

tomsk

I didnt see the programme but i am totally disgusted! It views like the ones that were expressed on ITV that caused me alot of upset when I had my diagnosis made. I too have only slept with 2 people since I was 18, as has my husband who I have been with for 12 years. When one person I worked with found out she was shocked to learn that I had that sort of life style. I too asked my consultant .... my cancer was not caused by HPV. It distresses me that a TV programme that is viewed by may can be so misinformed. I will be emailing them to!

clare

Mellissa Crowley

Did anyone get a reply from this Morning ?

I havent yet....

Mellissa x

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

admin

Did anyone else see this morning today?

Dr Chris made a really round about appology about the smear thing in light of the complaints. He said that having lots of sexual partners, having sex at an early age, smoking etc puts you at risk. He said he still stands by that, and NHS guidelines for starting a smear aged 25. He did not stress the importance of women who have not had many sexual partners to get regular smears! He bumbled about a bit saying that he obviously offended the 10per cent of women who this did not apply to, and said we only had 16 complaints.

Then philip said, we had lots of calls thanking us, such as this women who has been called for a smear since the age of 20, is now 25 and is going to go. Great, but doesn't that contradict what smug arse Dr Chris said?

I feel so angry, thank God this insensitive man is not my GP. There will be women watching that programme, thinking they've only slept with 1or 2 men so don't need to get a smear. That is what really gets to me. He is a pathetic display of tv egotism, and it is like being in the dark ages watching advice like that on tv.

Mellissa Crowley

Hi

I didn't see the so called apology and am somewhat glad that i didnt as it has only helped further upset many women.

I emailed my complaint to This Morning three times and never got a reply, I am now giving up but I am saddened and dissapointed by his attitude,

Mellissa

Radical Hysterectomy for adeno clear cell carcinoma cervical cancer stage 1b in 2001 at the age of 23 - CC caused by DES Exposure- Ovaries Conserved. 10 years all clear! Discharged from The Royal Marsden April 2011 [email protected]

amanda 26

Hello there! Is that my old favourite 'ranting guest' back for another crack?

I didn't see This Morning, but with regards to what 'guest 12.40 Fri' said...

I agree it is a worry that women who have had few sexual partners might think the smear test isn't applicable to them. Another point is that it's not just the quantity of partners - it is also the quality. If your partner happens to be the type who sleeps around/has sex with prostitutes/any other type of 'high risk' behaviour - then you will be exposed to every strain of HPV that he is picking up. (condoms do not protect against HPV) So even tho Dr Chris is broadly correct in saying that more partners increases risk - not all women who get CC have had lots of partners. It's a bit more complicated than the charming Doc was able to grasp.

It's pretty good that he was pressurised into making an apology though. It's quite rare to see apologies on TV, I think.

Amanda

admin

Hi

I am upset and angry about Dr Chris Steele

They never menitoned that Clear Cell adenocarcinoma cervical cancer is NOT CAUSED BY HPV.

My daughter Mellissa has Clear cell at 23 and her ob/gyn said it is due to Des Exposure, a drug given to pregnant women up until 1979 and possibly later.

DES was contraindicated for use in pregnancy in the UK in 1974. However, that does not mean some doctors didn't continue to prescribe it to prevent miscarriage - it was confirmed that, in certain areas such as Liverpool, it continued to be used until the late 1970s.

Janice

admin

did anyone get a reply from this morning?

sarah x

admin

Well i never got a reply either sarah - did anyone hear from This Morning?

Lucie

Sue M

Nope neither did I -

Sue xxx