Montrose woman stresses importance of screenings to young women

Amanda, centre back, is pictured next mum Irene outside her Montrose home along with family members and Moontrose Night Walk representatives
Amanda, centre back, is pictured next mum Irene outside her Montrose home along with family members and Moontrose Night Walk representatives

A brave Montrose woman with terminal cancer is highlighting the importance of cervical screenings by taking part in a moonlit walk in aid of research.

Amanda Annat was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013 and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy she went into remission.

Sadly, the mum of two was told this year the cancer had recurred in a lymph node in her right hip and doctors told her a couple of months ago it is terminal.

The 41-year-old will cut the ribbon to open this year’s Moontrose Night Walk, as well as taking part in the event, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, herself.

She is stressing the importance of regular cervical screenings to young women and is encouraging girls to have the HPV vaccination to protect them against cervical cancer.

Amanda said: “My daughter is 14 and when she was coming up to getting the vaccination she was worried. I told her it was important for her to have it.

“Never ever put off having your smear test. Cervical cancer is a silent one because you can’t see it and can’t check yourself for it.

“If one person listens to me and goes to get a smear test I would be happy. That would be enough.”

Amanda, who was a care worker at Dorward House for 14 years, will be helped on the Moontrose Night Walk route by Team Annat - a 12-strong group of friends, family and colleagues. The money Team Annat raise will go towards cervical cancer research.

Amanda said it was her auntie Johan who signed her up for the event as part of a ‘bucket’ list.

The walk sets off at 10pm from the Park Hotel on April 30 and has both a 5k and a 10k route.