I got a letter in the post saying that because I am 25 I am entitled to a free smear test. I remember when Jade Goody died from cervical cancer the rate of people getting smear tests went way up. But exactly how important are they to have done,chances of getting cervical cancer? and why so important for over 25's? I had one in sep 2011 and it came back normal. In the rep of Ireland anyone over 25 is entitled to a free one, was having this discussion with my sister yesterday who is 23, she actually wanted a test as my family is friends with a family who lost their mom to cervical cancer. What is the rate of people getting them done? I can totally understand people trying to avoid them, I know my older sister and brothers girlfriend point blank refuse to have one done. In 2011 there was a reason I needed one and that's why I had it done, I was a small bit embarrassed but what's a few mins of being embarrassed to having cervical cancer! This is also in my mind as I am having a bladder examination tomorrow.