A young Irish woman boldly shared her cancer patient story for a good reason
Vip against cancer
Heather Keating, an Irish girl from Cashel Co. Tipperary, was diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was just 24 years old, a year before she could take the free pap test.
Heather said: "Since I was 24 years old, I could not do the pap test and therefore the first alterations to the cells of the cervix were not detected." Fortunately Heather brought up the issue when she realized something was wrong and her cancer was discovered before it spread from the cervix to the whole body. So she was operated on, the tumor was completely removed and has now healed.
In a Facebook post, which has been shared more than 3000 times, Heather wanted to list the symptoms that should not be underestimated, in particular by young girls who cannot yet undergo the pap test. He writes:
I want to share my story so that there is more knowledge of cervical cancer. If you are over 25, take the pap test immediately. Find the time to do it! Is very important. I wish I had the opportunity to discover changes in cells before they became cancerous. If you are under 25 years old and you understand that something is wrong, go immediately to have a visit to be checked. The symptoms are: too abundant bleeding, longer cycle than usual, abnormal spotting, foul-smelling losses, pain or discomfort in the pelvis or during sexual intercourse. The more these experiences are shared, the more awareness will be created and hopefully more people will be able to catch the cancer in time.