Darwen cervical cancer survivor’s life-saving message to women
AN INSPIRATIONAL cancer survivor who will carry the Olympic torch is urging women not to be complacent about cervical cancer.
Rosie Hollis, of Cemetery Road, Darwen, has undergone treatment for the disease but has now been given the all clear.
The 26-year-old, who has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch on Saturday through Blackburn for her work raising awareness about cervical cancer, is now lending her support to promoting cervical screening awareness.
Rosie is appealing to women in East Lancashire to get themselves tested as this simple step could save their life.
Rosie, who was given the all clear over a year ago, wants people to know that the earlier they catch the condition the more that can be done.
Her diagnosis came after a smear test revealed abnormal results.
At the time she was not due to have her first test but her sister had previously had a smear test with abnormal results.
She was also unknowingly experiencing some symptoms of the disease including continuous periods, back pain and bleeding after sex.
“My partner took me to the hospital and we were told I had cervical cancer. I recall sitting there and trying to take in the news.”
Fortunately the cancer was found at an early stage and she did not need chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
However, it is still unclear whether she will be able to have children in the future.
Recently the role model made a film for health professionals to raise awareness and is busy planning for her wedding next year.
“I want to raise the profile of cervical cancer and in particular tell other women not to ignore any symptoms that they may have.
"Going for a smear should be as important and as routine as checking your breasts for lumps in the shower.
“The only difference is that you can’t check this yourself.”
For more information contact your GP, or visit the screening website at www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk