Mother-of-two, 30, is diagnosed with incurable cervical cancer more than a YEAR after doctors gave her the all clear
- Carrie-Anne Taitt, 30, was advised to have a smear test in February 2017
- She was given the all-clear but was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2018
- Despite intensive treatment she was told in January 2019 that it was incurable
Carrie-Anne Taitt, a 30-year-old mother-of-two, was diagnosed with incurable cervical cancer – more than a year after doctors gave her the all clear
A 30-year-old mother-of-two was diagnosed with incurable cervical cancer – more than a year after doctors told her there was nothing to worry about.
Primary-school teacher Carrie-Anne Taitt was advised by a midwife to have a smear test after a nodule was found on her cervix following the birth of her daughter Millie in February 2017.
Weeks later she received a letter stating the results were negative, but Mrs Taitt, from Barnwood, Gloucester, went on to experience months of bleeding.
After concerns were then raised during an examination, she was referred to a specialist.
In May 2018 doctors confirmed she had cancer.
Despite intensive treatment Mrs Taitt was told in January 2019 that the cancer was incurable.
Mrs Taitt was advised by a midwife to have a smear test after a nodule was found on her cervix following the birth of her daughter Millie (left) in February 2017 but she was told the results were negative. Pictured: Mrs Taitt with her daughter Millie, son Leo and husband Michael
What is cervical cancer and at what age are women called for a smear test?
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
For women under 25, you’ll be asked to do a smear test – also called a cervical cancer screening – up to six months before you turn 25.
For women between 25 and 49 years old, a test every three years is recommended.
Between 50 and 64, every 5 years is recommended.
For women over the age of 65, smear tests are only required if one of the last three tests came back abnormal.
Source: Cancer Research UK and NHS.UK
Mrs Taitt, who also has a six-year-old son Leo and lives with gym manager husband Michael, 33, is now urging women to seek second opinions.
She said: ‘My diagnosis came at a time when I couldn’t wait to get started in teaching. Nothing can prepare for when you are told you have cancer.
‘It turned our lives upside down.
‘My diagnosis and gruelling treatment regime has had a massive impact on us as a family.
‘I spent both my 29th and 30th birthdays in hospital and had to miss Leo’s birthday last year for the same reason.
‘I spent nearly seven weeks in hospital last year and I didn’t get to see my children during this time which was heart-breaking.
‘I slept an awful lot during this time and feel that I have missed out on important milestones in my children’s lives.
‘I know Millie is too young to understand what is happening, but Leo knows I’m unwell and he does get anxious when I’m in hospital.
‘Despite my cancer, I’m determined to make a difference in any way that I can and doing these talks has given me a real sense of purpose.
‘It has been nice to call on my training with these talks and I hope they are providing some real food for thought for young people on the issue of cervical cancer.
‘The importance of this issue cannot be overstated and I want to do everything I can to spread the message when it comes to both screening and the symptoms.’
The mother-of-two was six weeks away from completing her training to become a primary school teacher when she first received her cancer diagnosis.
Mrs Taitt, who also has a six-year-old son Leo and lives with gym manager husband Michael (right), 33, is now urging women to seek second opinions.
She managed to qualify despite gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
Mrs Taitt has now instructed solicitors Irwin Mitchell to examine the care and support she received in relation to her diagnosis.
Christopher Hurlston, who is representing Mrs Taitt, said: ‘Carrie-Anne’s story is sadly yet another devastating reminder of how cancer can affect people of all ages.
‘She has a number of concerns about the care she received which we are investigating.
The mother-of-two was six weeks away from completing her training to become a primary school teacher when she first received her cancer diagnosis. Mrs Taitt with her husband Michael
‘Despite this and the uncertain future she faces, Carrie-Anne continues to show tremendous courage in her battle against the disease and her determination to help others is hugely inspirational.
‘Through our work we often see the devastating impact that cervical cancer can have.
‘It is vital that women are aware of the symptoms and take part in the screening programme.
‘We are determined to support Carrie-Anne in any way we can and believe that her efforts will make a difference to many young lives. She is doing some truly amazing work.’