Strictly's Karen Hauer joins Jess Wright and Laura Anderson for cervical cancer charity campaign

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Strictly's Karen Hauer joins Jess Wright and Laura Anderson for cervical cancer charity campaign

Strictly's Karen Hauer has joined forces with TOWIE's Jess Wright and Love Island's Laura Anderson for a new charity campaign as part of Cervical C

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Strictly’s Karen Hauer has joined forces with TOWIE’s Jess Wright and Love Island’s Laura Anderson for a new charity campaign as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

The professional dancer, 38, and two reality stars, aged 35 and 31, have led a slew of celebrities working with clothing giant Misspap for their new ‘Don’t Miss Your Pap’ underwear set.  

All proceeds from the red charity sports bra and knicker set will go to the UK’s leading gynaecological cancer charity, The Eve Appeal.

Powerful: Strictly's Karen Hauer (pictured) has joined forces with TOWIE's Jess Wright and Love Island's Laura Anderson for a new charity campaign as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Powerful: Strictly’s Karen Hauer (pictured) has joined forces with TOWIE’s Jess Wright and Love Island’s Laura Anderson for a new charity campaign as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 

Karen, Jess and Laura looked sensational as they led the stars and exuded confidence in the charity campaign.

Also taking part are TOWIE stars Clelia Theodorou, Chloe Brockett, Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green.

Former Love Island contestants Demi Jones, Kady McDermott, twins Jess and Eve Gale, Anna Vakili’s sister Mandi, Samira Mighty and Ellie Brown have also supported the powerful campaign.

Leading the way: The professional dancer, 38, and two reality stars, aged 35 and 31, have led a slew of celebrities working with clothing giant Misspap for their new 'Don't Miss Your Pap' underwear set (Jess pictured)

Important: Laura pictured in the charity set

Leading the way: The professional dancer, 38, and two reality stars, aged 35 and 31, have led a slew of celebrities working with clothing giant Misspap for their new ‘Don’t Miss Your Pap’ underwear set (Jess, left, and Laura, right) 

Raising money: All proceeds from the red charity sports bra and knicker set will go to the UK's leading gynaecological cancer charity, The Eve Appeal

Raising money: All proceeds from the red charity sports bra and knicker set will go to the UK’s leading gynaecological cancer charity, The Eve Appeal

Stars: Also taking part are TOWIE stars Clelia Theodorou, pictured, Chloe Brockett, Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green

Stars: Also taking part are TOWIE stars Clelia Theodorou, pictured, Chloe Brockett, Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green 

Work it: Courtney looked sensational as she posed for the snap

Influencers: Chloe B exuded confidence in the charity campaign

Work it: Courtney and Chloe B, L-R,  looked sensational as they led the stars and exuded confidence in the charity campaign 

Low-key: Chloe M teamed the charity underwear set with a pair of high-waisted mom jeans

Low-key: Chloe M teamed the charity underwear set with a pair of high-waisted mom jeans 

With Real Housewives Of Cheshire’s Seema Malhotra, Rachel Lugo, Dawn Ward’s daughter Darby, Hannah Elizabeth, Nikki Sanderson and Made In Chelsea’s Maeva D’Ascanio also involved. 

The celebrities involved and Misspap want to encourage fans to go to their smear tests as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which takes place 18-24 January.

The clothing giant aims to promote ‘fearless smears’ and wants women to feel ’empowered’ by attending.

Love Island: Former Love Island contestants Demi Jones, pictured, twins Jess and Eve Gale, Anna Vakili's sister Mandi, Samira Mighty and Ellie Brown have also supported the powerful campaign

Love Island: Former Love Island contestants Demi Jones, pictured, twins Jess and Eve Gale, Anna Vakili’s sister Mandi, Samira Mighty and Ellie Brown have also supported the powerful campaign 

Raising awareness: Anna Vakili's sister Mandi pictured

Doing her part: Ellie also proudly supported the charity campaign

Raising awareness: Anna Vakili’s sister Mandi, left, and Ellie, right, also proudly supported the charity campaign 

Must go! The celebrities involved and Misspap want to encourage fans to go to their smear tests as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which takes place 18-24 January (Samira pictured)

Must go! The celebrities involved and Misspap want to encourage fans to go to their smear tests as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which takes place 18-24 January (Samira pictured)

'Fearless': The clothing giant aims to promote 'fearless smears' (Jess Gale pictured)

'Empowered': They want women to feel 'empowered' by attending (Eve Gale pictured)

‘Fearless’: The clothing giant aims to promote ‘fearless smears’ and wants women to feel ’empowered’ by attending (twins Jess and Eve Gale L-R pictured) 

'Comfortable': The 'comfortable' underwear set has poppable knickers to help women feel less exposed and be examined easier (Kady McDermott pictured)

‘Comfortable’: The ‘comfortable’ underwear set has poppable knickers to help women feel less exposed and be examined easier (Kady McDermott pictured)  

The ‘comfortable’ underwear set has poppable knickers to help women feel less exposed and be examined easier. 

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.

Involved: With Real Housewives Of Cheshire's Seema Malhotra pictured

Important: Nikki Sanderson also posed in the underwear set

Involved: With Real Housewives Of Cheshire’s Seema Malhotra and Nikki Sanderson are also involved (L-R) 

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 (Hannah Elizabeth pictured)

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 (Hannah Elizabeth pictured) 

Scary: It comes after Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust charity estimated 600,000 fewer tests than normal were carried out last April and May due to the pandemic (Dawn Ward's daughter Darby pictured)

Scary: It is in addition to 1.5 million appointments missed annually (Made In Chelsea's Maeva D'Ascanio pictured)

Scary: It comes after Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust charity estimated 600,000 fewer tests than normal were carried out last April and May due to the pandemic (Dawn Ward’s daughter Darby, left, and Made In Chelsea’s Maeva D’Ascanio, right) 

Important: Women are invited to have smear tests every three years between the ages of 25 and 49, and then every five years until they reach 65 (Rachel Lugo pictured)

Important: Women are invited to have smear tests every three years between the ages of 25 and 49, and then every five years until they reach 65 (Rachel Lugo pictured) 

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.  

It comes after Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust charity estimated 600,000 fewer tests than normal were carried out last April and May due to the pandemic, in addition to 1.5 million appointments missed annually. 

Women are invited to have smear tests every three years between the ages of 25 and 49, and then every five years until they reach 65.  

During the first national lockdown, smear test services were paused in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as in some practices in England. 

WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?

Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.

The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal discharge that smells 
  • Pain in the pelvis

Causes can include:

  • Age – more than half of sufferers are under 45
  • HPV infection – which affects most people at some point in their lives
  • Smoking – responsible for 21 per cent of cases
  • Contraceptive pill – linked to 10 per cent of cases
  • Having children
  • Family history of cervical or other types of cancer, like vagina

Source: Cancer Research UK 

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