Rebekah Vardy reveals she might not be here if it wasn't for a smear test

The 36-year-old wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy also feared she would be unable to have more kids after undergoing treatment.

In an exclusive interview, she told The Sun on Sunday: “It was a year after I’d had my second child, my son Taylor.

“There was huge awareness about cervical cancer and having smear tests at the time because Jade Goody had been diagnosed then sadly died.

“I was 27, the same age as Jade when she passed away. I went to my doctor for a routine smear test. I will never forget receiving the letter saying my smear was abnormal and I needed treatment.

“The doctor rang and said I needed to get to hospital within days, as they’d found advanced and extensive pre-cancerous cells.

“I thought, ‘I’m going to die. My kids are going to be left without me’. I broke down in tears.”

Becky had part of her cervix removed, leaving her afraid she could not have more children. But today she reveals the couple are planning another baby — her fifth.

Her news comes as millions of women are putting their lives at risk because they are embarrassed to be tested for cervical cancer.

Screening attendances have fallen to 71 per cent of those due, with FIVE MILLION women late for testing, statistics for Cervical Screening Awareness Week reveal.

After her diagnosis in 2010, Becky was treated at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, near Huntingdon, Cambs.

She said: “I had to have some of my cervix removed, which can lead to it being weakened, so you have a risk in future pregnancies of miscarriage and premature birth.

“But at the time, all I could think about was being a mum to the kids I had. I had to return to hospital to make sure all the cells had been removed, and for the next few years I had check-ups every six months.

“It was a constant worry, a terrifying time. But without my smear, things could have been a lot worse.”

Becky is now mum to Megan, 13, and nine-year-old Taylor, as well as two kids with 32-year-old Leicester striker Jamie — daughter Sofia, four, and son Finley, two.

Becky said: “I said after Finley was born that was it, no more. But I love having children. I love being a mum and I’d like to do it again. When I told Jamie he wasn’t too keen, but he’s coming round.”

Family is Becky’s focus and she is already thinking ahead to when Megan will have smear tests. She will not wait until the NHS’s recommended starting age of 25.

Becky said: “The chances of getting cervical cancer start when you’re sexually active and, let’s face it, that isn’t at 25. When she is around 17 I will encourage her to have a smear test, even if it is through private healthcare.

“I have mine on the NHS every three years. It isn’t fair that people who can’t afford private healthcare have to wait until they are 25. It would be great if the age could be lowered to save more lives.

“It upsets me people don’t get a smear test. It takes five minutes.”

When Becky went for her latest smear in November, she posted an Instagram photo to encourage others to get screened too.

It showed her legs as she waited on the doctor’s bed.

Becky posted the photo after hearing on the radio in the waiting room that cervical cancer checks in England have fallen to a 21-year low, with 28.6 per cent — 1.3million — failing to attend. Women aged 25 to 64 are invited for tests every three to five years. Screening is thought to save 5,000 lives a year.

Becky told us: “If I’d not had that test, I might not be here.”

She tagged the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in the post. And it revealed the number of women booking a screening had then shot up.

But Becky was also trolled for showing “too much skin” on Instagram.

At the couple’s stunning Leicestershire home, Becky said: “I hope sharing that photo made a difference. But you can’t please everyone.”

Jamie makes sure the home is full of fun. Before Christmas he dressed up as Gaston, from Beauty & The Beast, for a party while Becky wore a Belle outfit.

They hired a horse-drawn carriage and decorations including a drawbridge and pink balloons. Becky said: “Sofia is obsessed with Disney princesses and when we had a belated birthday party for her in November the whole family dressed up in a Disney theme to surprise her. She loved it.”

Jamie was recently pictured in a Spider-Man suit at training.

Rolling her eyes, Becky said: “He is like my fifth child. The other day I was doing a workout next to our pool and he banged the windows from the outside. I was terrified. He just laughed.

“I doubt he’d calm down if we had another baby. He loves having fun with the kids. Basically, he is just a big kid himself.”

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His parents need to raise £500,000 by March to take him abroad for treatment.

Last week we revealed how Harry, ten, has a rare cancer – and within days the fund set up for him had swelled by nearly £60,000.

We told how drug trials may not be available on the NHS until the end of the year, which will be too late for Harry.

Donations from YOU have now put the pot up to £320,000. Harry’s mum Nina, 41, of Woburn Sands, Bucks, told The Sun on Sunday: “We were thrilled when we saw the donations coming through from your kind-hearted readers.”

It is the second time Harry has been struck down by the aggressive stage-four neuro- blastoma. He is eligible for the 8H9, or Omburtamab, drug trial overseas and has a place if he can cover the cost.

Stars are supporting the sports-mad lad. Cricketer Sir Alastair Cook, 34, is holding a net session for up to ten people at Lord’s, with the current highest bid at £4,600.

And England rugby captain Dylan Hartley, 32, sat with Harry during Northampton Saints’ 47-20 victory against Leicester Tigers. Chuffed Harry told us: “It was amazing.”

Dylan said: “We have got to do everything we can to rally around this strong young man.”


TO DONATE and help Harry’s family reach the £500,000 target they need to get their lad on a drug trial that could save his life,  go to

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