Tina and Bobby star Michelle Keegan took a powerful stance on social media today.
Keen to eliminate the fear linked to cervical screening examinations, Michelle shared a video of herself having one done.
The former Coronation Street actress shared a video of her both before and after the screening, emphasising the ease of the process.
She also shared a snap of her with her legs akimbo ahead of the examination.
Keen to stress the importance of getting cervical smear tests, Michelle wrote to her 3.7 million followers: “It’s time to talk Cervical Screening examinations… aka the dreaded SMEAR (horrible word) test! I’m going to be honest with you all, I’ve had numerous letters come through my front door that I’ve pushed aside.
“I’ve also ignored my mum’s tiresome pleas telling me to book an appointment with my local GP …because I used the excuse of being ‘too busy’ with work and life in general.
“Let’s face it, it’s bloody embarrassing to drop your knickers and open your legs in front of a total stranger.
“I was apprehensive thinking about the pain I was going to endure!”
She continued: “However I finally got my finger out, (pardon the pun) and went to my appointment. My doctor was so lovely, I hopped onto the bed and it was over in less than two minutes It was a tad uncomfortable but it was by no means painful.
“After doing some research I found that the number of women who should go for a test has dropped to an all time low in 20 years! Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35, with some having no symptoms whatsoever.”
The 31-year-old concluded her post by urging her fans to go and get their smear tests done too.
Michelle’s bold stance was met with heaps of praise from her followers, who praised the powerful message she delivered.
One follower said: “You absolute babe, love you for speaking out about this.”
While another continued: “Oh my God, what a truly inspirational picture!”
A third added: “Proud of you, you’re awesome.”
Michelle is currently filming new Sky1 comedy Brassic, it comes after she recently admitted she doesn’t know whether herself and hubby Mark Wright will settle in the UK or America.