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Lily Allen heads to the clinic for a smear test


Lily Allen, 35, says she’s ‘super excited’ to be heading to the clinic for a smear test after filming herself waiting for the screening

Lily Allen revealed she was heading to the clinic for a smear test on Friday after filming herself in the waiting room.

The singer, 35, donned a black face mask and a thick padded coat to head out for her appointment before telling fans she was ‘super excited’ to have the procedure.

It comes after Lily marked a milestone 18 months of sobriety last month, having spoken candidly about her struggles with addiction in the past.

Go and get it done! Lily Allen revealed she was heading to the clinic for a smear test on Friday after filming herself in the waiting room

Go and get it done! Lily Allen revealed she was heading to the clinic for a smear test on Friday after filming herself in the waiting room

Lily shared a brief video to Instagram Stories after waiting to have her cervical screening.

She penned the caption: ‘Super excited to be having my smear test this morning!’ 

It comes at a time when thousands of women missed their scheduled smear tests due to Covid restrictions, with NHS bosses announcing earlier this week they plan to trial at-home tests in five London boroughs.

Casual: The singer donned a black face mask and a thick padded coat to head out for her appointment before telling fans she was 'super excited' to have the procedure

Casual: The singer donned a black face mask and a thick padded coat to head out for her appointment before telling fans she was ‘super excited’ to have the procedure

Having the procedure: Lily shared a brief video to Instagram Stories after waiting to have her cervical screening

Having the procedure: Lily shared a brief video to Instagram Stories after waiting to have her cervical screening

Waiting: She penned the caption: 'Super excited to be having my smear test this morning!'

Waiting: She penned the caption: ‘Super excited to be having my smear test this morning!’

It is hoped the pilot will encourage women who are too embarrassed to have the test conducted by a health professional at a GP surgery or health centre. 

The NHS’s screening programme invites all women over the age of 25 for regular swabs, starting at one appointment every three years and then decreasing to once every five years for over-50s.

Although the HPV vaccine, brought into use in 2008, is expected to all but eliminate the virus from Britain in the coming generations, women who turned 12 before then may still be at risk from the virus.

HPV viruses are spread through sex and mostly do not cause any symptoms or serious harm, but may raise the risk of cancer in later life.

WHAT IS A SMEAR TEST?

A smear test detects abnormal cells on the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus from the vagina.

Removing these cells can prevent cervical cancer.

Most test results come back clear, however, one in 20 women show abnormal changes to the cells of their cervix.

In some cases, these need to be removed or can become cancerous.

Cervical cancer most commonly affects sexually-active women aged between 30 and 45. 

In the UK, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites women aged 25-to-49 for a smear every three years, those aged 50 to 64 every five years, and women over 65 if they have not been screened since 50 or have previously had abnormal results.

Women must be registered with a GP to be invited for a test. 

In the US, tests start when women turn 21 and are carried out every three years until they reach 65.

Changes in cervical cells are often caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be transmitted during sex.  

Proud: It comes after Lily marked a milestone 18 months of sobriety last month, having spoken candidly about her struggles with addiction in the past

Proud: It comes after Lily marked a milestone 18 months of sobriety last month, having spoken candidly about her struggles with addiction in the past

Cervical cancer can develop at a young age, often affecting women in their 30s and 40s, and around half of women who develop it die within 10 years of their diagnosis

It comes as Lily also marked 18 months of sobriety last month. 

The star, who married Stranger Things actor David Harbour in Las Vegas last year, has been candid about her addiction struggles and has now celebrated the milestone since quitting drink, drugs and cigarettes. 

In posts on her Instagram, Lily shared an image of the keyring given to mark momentous dates dished out by support group Narcotics Anonymous as well as a selfie showing her holding the keyring over her eye. 

Milestone: The star, who married Stranger Things actor David Harbour in Las Vegas last year, celebrated the milestone since quitting drink, drugs and cigarettes

Milestone: The star, who married Stranger Things actor David Harbour in Las Vegas last year, celebrated the milestone since quitting drink, drugs and cigarettes

Lily’s grey keyring read: ‘Clean and serene for eighteen months’, and she shared a shot while holding the token alongside a gushing caption reading: ’18 months clean and sober today. Would recommend!’

She has always been candid about her drink and drug abuse, particularly when she released her memoir My Thoughts Exactly last year. 

Last month, she spoke to DJ Fat Tony on his The Recovery podcast about her own sobriety journey, including her personal lowest point, as she touched on the tour and how she felt – turning to drink, drugs and prostitutes. 

After her weight rose to 14st, the 5′ 2″ star began taking a drug similar to speed to shed pounds before the tour, however this send her on a downward spiral and left her debating taking heroin to help her ‘act out’ before seeking help.

Rock bottom: Last month, Lily spoke about her own sobriety journey, including her personal lowest point, her tour and how she felt - turning to drink, drugs and prostitutes

Rock bottom: Last month, Lily spoke about her own sobriety journey, including her personal lowest point, her tour and how she felt – turning to drink, drugs and prostitutes



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