Mum, 31, diagnosed with cervical cancer after avoiding smear tests for 10 years – Metro.co.uk

Kim with her four children and wearing and Macmillan cancer top
Kim with her four children (Picture: SWNS)

Kim Montgomery had her first smear test 10 years ago but she says that the experience wasn’t very pleasant and she avoided them for a decade.

Sadly, last month, Kim was diagnosed with grade two cervical cancer at just 31.

The young mum-of-four wants to warn others about ignoring reminder letters and she is urging people to attend screenings, even if they find it embarrassing.

Kim said medics fear she will need a hysterectomy and chemo, but she won’t know if the grade two cancer has spread until the results of an MRI come back.

One of the reasons she waited so long was that she was pregnant with three children in four years and doctors advise you should wait until 12 weeks after having a baby to have a test.

In the years between having her children Macaulay, three, Kayla, five, Lacey, six, and Dylan, 11, she ignored letters, thinking it would be fine.

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But after experiencing abnormal bleeding for nine months, Kim finally decided she should have a smear test and said she ‘had a feeling’ she had cancer.

Young mum Kim Montgomery was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer after ignoring letters about getting a smear test for 10 years - and is now urging women to attend screenings. See SWNS story SWSCcancer. A young mum has been diagnosed with cervical cancer - after she waited 10 years to go for a smear test. Kim Montgomery, 31, said if she had not ignored the reminder letters about her smear test for so long she wouldn?t be fighting cancer today. The mum-of-four was dealt the devastating news on Feb 5 and is now urging other women to attend screenings, even if they find it embarrassing. Kim said medics fear she will need a hysterectomy and chemo, but she won't know if the grade two cancer has spread until the results of an MRI come back.
Kim is now waiting to see what treatment she will need (Picture: Kim Montgomery /SWNS.COM)

Kim, from Dunfermline, Fife, said: ‘I had the smear test on December 20 and then in the new year, I got a letter to say I had abnormal cells.

‘I thought right away it was cancer, I just had a feeling, but it wasn’t real until the doctors told me and I broke down.

‘You automatically think you are going to die.

‘I had been pregnant with my children back to back and you can’t have a smear test when you are pregnant.

‘That was a huge factor in why I didn’t get one for so long, but I also just didn’t realise how important it was.

‘I didn’t think I was ever going to get cancer – I am only 31.

‘I got lots of reminders about going but I just ignored them.

Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer

The most common symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • unusual vaginal bleeding
  • pain or discomfort during sex
  • vaginal discharge
  • pain in the area between the hip bones (pelvis)

Cancer Research

‘When I had my first one 10 years ago I remember it wasn’t nice so I wasn’t in a hurry to go back.’

Kim is worried about having to tell her children she is dying if doctors give her a terminal diagnosis.

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She said: ‘The doctors won’t be able to tell me how long I have had it, but if I had just gone for a test they would have caught it before it turned into cancer.

‘I didn’t want to tell my children until I found out if it’s terminal.

‘They know I am not well, and I have told my eldest who said right away ‘”are you going to die?”.’

‘It’s really daunting and I wanted to have more children, but I just feel lucky I have my four.’

When the bleeding started nine months ago, she still put off going to the doctor but eventually realised she needed to speak to someone.

She added: ‘I am still bleeding now.

‘I was worried about it but I just kept putting it off until I thought enough is enough I have to go and get it done.’

Kim and her partner, Dane Paten, 30, are now trying to raise money for alternative treatment.

Kim said: ‘I have been quoted £1,745 for CBD oil so we are trying to raise money for that.

‘Since I announced I have cancer on Facebook, 19 women have said it’s encouraged them to go and have their smear test done.

‘I want to raise awareness of how important it is for people to have their smear test.

‘I hope me sharing my story means more lives can be saved.’

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Source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/23/mum-four-31-diagnosed-cervical-cancer-avoiding-smear-tests-10-years-12287141/