Smear Test Poster - Little Boy on stair - Mum didn't have test - now I have no Mum.

(153 Posts)
Granitetopping Wed 20-Feb-13 23:34:37

AIBU to think that this poster is in poor taste and uses unnecessary emotional blackmail?

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 20-Feb-13 23:36:04

That's the point isn't it. I've not had a smear for 10 years. But this ad has made me think.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 20-Feb-13 23:36:14

That's the whole point of it

ceeveebee Wed 20-Feb-13 23:36:59

Yes you are BU. it's incredibly important to have smear tests and if it takes a shock tactic like that to wake people up to that fact, so be it
Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer?

shesariver Wed 20-Feb-13 23:37:10

Well then its done it job. What do you find in poor taste?

SirBoobAlot Wed 20-Feb-13 23:37:57

Yes, YABU. The point is to shock you. And if it shocks you enough to piss you off, but then makes you think ''When did I last have a smear..?'', then it's worked.

I expect it's made like that on purpose.
The idea is to guilt people into doing what "the nanny state" want us to - doctors get paid bonuses for how many patients they get to do certain things, and smear teat take up is one of them.
Yes, it can save lives (although data varies as to numbers and ages and suchlike) but the Practice also get paid for each woman they get to have one. They are incentivised to "make" or persuade women any way they can, and emotional blackmail is one of those ways.

test not teat confused

Granitetopping Wed 20-Feb-13 23:40:46

No I don't know anyone who has had cervical cancer. I think it is in poor taste for anyone with children who is receiving treatment for cervical cancer. I don't think the guilt trip is necessary.

ceeveebee Wed 20-Feb-13 23:44:13

I know someone who has cervical cancer and she would disagree with you as it's always banging on about keeping up to date with smear tests

ceeveebee Wed 20-Feb-13 23:44:34

Oops not its - she's

SirBoobAlot Wed 20-Feb-13 23:45:29

Hardly think it's a ''nanny state'' issue, Pom. And if a doctor gets paid a bit more but more women are diagnosed with cancer earlier on, then that's fine by me.

Northey Wed 20-Feb-13 23:45:57

I wouldn't want to speak for people with children undergoing treatment for cervical cancer, but it' not impossible that they would support a campaign to encourage women to be screened and perhaps be saved from being in the same position that they are.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 20-Feb-13 23:48:02

A friend of dh's died of cervical cancer in her early 20s leaving very young children. Her mum now consigns for younger women to be allowed smears. They would support anything that got women to their tests.

Broodymomma Wed 20-Feb-13 23:50:02

Have to say I did not like it either I think it says "mum missed her smear test, now I miss my mum" but I suppose it done its job and provoked a reaction.

No, I think it is a good idea.

It may piss some people off or seem poor taste but if it saves even 1 life through that then it is worth it.

Booyhoo Wed 20-Feb-13 23:54:07

well that is the reality for many children whose mothers have died due to cervical cancer that wasn't caught early enough. i'm not sure what the problem is really. it is entirely possible that if you dont have regular smears you could miss the window of opportunity to save your life and leave dcs behind.

WorraLiberty Wed 20-Feb-13 23:55:10

Yes it's a guilt trip and it's a good one.

My Aunt died of cervical cancer...hated medical check ups and didn't find out until it was too late.

My best friend discovered hers in the early stages through smear testing and I thank God every day that she did...as do her DH, DD and her grandson.

I write as someone who is a cervical cancer survivor, but will never have children because of it.

Cervical cancer does kill young mothers every year. I did not find the advert in poor taste - yes, I do affectionately nag my friends about smears, and I shared the poster on FB. At the time I was going through my treatment I got to know several other women through the Jo's Trust website - sadly, not all of them survived and some left behind very young children.

Madlizzy Thu 21-Feb-13 00:31:10

I absolutely agree with the advert. Smear tests DO save lives. I'd be dead by now in all probability if I'd not had regular smears, as I had so rogue cells zapped off. My sister in law, same age as me ended up with a radical hysterectomy due to cervical cancer that was detected by a smear test. That was the smear test that she'd put off for a while. Nothing at all to do with the nanny state and I consider that a daft opinion.

I love that the NHS is given incentives to to have us give up smoking, have smears and all that. Would you rather live in the US where healthcare makes most money when people are, and stay, sick? No thanks. Pills for bloody everything and everyone is still sick.

squeakytoy Thu 21-Feb-13 00:43:17

My birth mother has just had the all clear, after a year of treatment including chemo. She didnt bother to have smear tests for many years. She is very lucky to be alive.

hoobnoob Thu 21-Feb-13 00:55:32

I knew a lady who died of cervical cancer, she was in her late 20's with two small kids.

Anything that will shock people into getting a smear test done is fine with me.

EverythingInMjiniature Thu 21-Feb-13 01:01:55

Oh FFS pombears! Why do you think GPs are 'paid' to encourage smears? For shits and giggles? It's really not.

Who do you think commissions these ads? The individual gp practices? Or the department of health, who (via a roundabout route) have to pay more to each practice if they meet QOF targets? It's really not a conspiracy, it recognises a devastating cancer early enough to treat.

JakeBullet Thu 21-Feb-13 01:04:29

Yeah Pombear because doctors and nurses really LOVE watching a woman doe from a preventable cancer hmm.

So if they are given incentives to encourage folk in for the test and it prevents just ONE woman dying needlessly then it's worthwhile in my opinion and NOTHING to do with a "Nanny State".

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