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Here’s what memories are made of: good friends; great holidays; family, and laughing until your belly hurts.

Sure, we all love a killer pair of stilettos (and yes, we’re still saving up for Louboutins), but ultimately, almost all of us are wise enough to recognise that it’s the little things in life that matter.

And while we still wouldn’t mind giving the millionaire, jet-set lifestyle a go at some stage (just to see if it would suit us), looking after your health is infinitely more important.

Which is why it’s vital that you attend your free smear test once you turn 25. OK sure, no one wakes up and says: “Oh brilliant! Today I get to go for a smear. Fantastic altogether,” but it’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s free. It could save your life too.

CervicalCheck has so far provided more than 2m tests and it remains the most effective method of reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer.

Every women aged between 25 and 60 should have a regular CervicalCheck smear test (every three years until the age of 44 and then, following two normal results, every five years until the age of 60), even if they:

  • Have had the HPV vaccine
  • Have only had one sexual partner
  • Have been with their partner for a while
  • Have been through the menopause
  • Are no longer having sex
  • Are in a same-sex relationship

So make sure you tell your sisters, cousins, friends, mums, daughters, aunts, and anyone else who will listen that they should check online when their next smear test is due.

You’ll find everything you need at www.cervicalcheck.ie or if you’d rather, you can freephone 1800 45 45 55.



First there were ‘no make-up’ selfies to support breast cancer and the water bucket challenge to raise money for ALS, now there is a new selfie trend!

Celebrities such as Georgia May Jagger have now joined the #SmearForSmear social media campaign, which was started by UK charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in a bid to urge women to undergo smear tests.


Cervical Cancer Campaign #smearforsmear @JoTrust I nominate @sukiwaterhouse @caradelevingne @jasminebydesign

Ein von Georgia May Jagger (@georgiamayjagger) gepostetes Foto am

The move comes as the European Cervical Prevention Week is in full swing, with women across Ireland being urged to undergo a smear test. Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer in Europe, with over 300 cases diagnosed in Ireland each year. 

Cervical Check Ireland have also launched their #ShareTheWisdom campaign, urging women to encourage one another to go for a smear test. 

To learn more about cervical cancer in Ireland, and find out when and where you can get your first or next smear, check out CervicalCheck.ie.