Image: Tracy Kiss/YouTube.
After receiving a phone call from her doctor on her 28th birthday informing her that her routine pap smear had delivered abnormal results, Kiss underwent a colposcopy (a more detailed cervix examination) and biopsy to determine what exactly was wrong.
“These are the words that I could never imagine myself writing, right now I’m crying my eyes out and shaking like a leaf. I feel so sick and scared and I just really need a hug and for somebody to tell me that everything will be alright,” she wrote on her blog.
She had been experiencing irregular spotting and periods in the months leading up to the pap smear but put them down to getting older and stress of being a single mum with two young children.
After being told she had the HPV virus, the 28 year old decided to do something a little unconventional, posting an image of her cervix to her 150,000 social media followers in order to raise awareness of cell abnormality that can potentially turn into cervical cancer if left untreated.
In the image, Kiss circled the HPV Virus affected area with a red circle and parts with abnormal cells where they shouldn't be are circled in yellow.
"The right-hand side of my cervix has changed white with white dots which means my body is beginning to grow the abnormal cells," she explained. (WATCH: Kiss explains the procedure. Post continues after video.)
According to Cancer Australia, the issue lies with the fact that early changes to cervix cells rarely cause any symptoms, with external signs not exhibited until the later stages of the disease.
Cervical cancer is the 14th most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australian females and responsible for the deaths of 250 women last year alone.
The best way to lower your risk is by having the cervical cancer vaccine and regular pap smears, which can reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by up to 90 per cent.
They list common symptoms of cell changes as vaginal bleeding between periods if you are not menopausal, bleeding after or pain during intercourse, unusual vagina discharge or vaginal bleeding after menopause.
Kiss' biopsy results fortunately showed no evidence of cancer but changes in the skin had amounted to CIN 2, meaning that up to two thirds of the cells in the affected area were abnormal. If left untreated, the abnormal have a risk of developing into cervical cancer.