Laura Whitmore urges women to book a cervical swab and admits she put it off

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Laura Whitmore has urged her followers to book her routine cervical exams after admitting she was putting off hers.

The TV presenter and mother-of-one, who lives in London with her husband Iain Stirling, went to her check on Tuesday morning.

Whitmore, former island of love Hostess, shared a message on her Instagram account today that she said: “Routine cervical exam this morning. Had put it off but just did it!! You have to take your time for some things. So if you’ve been putting it off, please go!!”

In Ireland, women over the age of 25 are entitled to a free cervical swab every three to five years.

Swab tests can help detect abnormal cells in the cervix that can lead to a diagnosis of cancer.

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan, who has been hailed as a fearless advocate for Irish women, died yesterday at Milford Hospice in Limerick.

Ms Phelan’s lawsuit against the HSE and a US laboratory uncovered the CervicalCheck scandal in which hundreds of Irish women were presented with false negative swab test results.

They were not immediately notified of case reviews that identified the missed opportunities.

This eventually led to a series of reviews of the CervicalCheck cervical cancer screening program.

Ms Phelan’s family said her death will “leave a void in all of our lives that seems impossible to fill at this time”.

In a family statement Monday, her husband Jim and children Amelia and Darragh said it was “with an immense burden of sadness that we said a final goodbye to our beloved Vicky earlier today.”

“She was the heart and soul of our family unit and her passing will leave a void in all of our lives that seems impossible to fill at this time.”

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