Why are cervical smear tests important?

Gillian Cooper
When the brown envelope from the GP arrives to say that it’s time to arrange your routine smear test, many of us are tempted to leave it to one side and get round to it later. And then, with the busy lives most of us lead, we may not get round to it at all - in fact 1 in 4 women do not attend for screening.
But there’s a very good reason for arranging that appointment straight away – quite simply, smear tests save lives. NHS cervical screening alone saves as many as 5000 lives in the UK every year. Cervical cancer is one of the few types of cancer which is actually preventable. A smear test works by detecting abnormal cells which are likely to develop into cancer, which means they can be treated BEFORE they ever turn into cancer.

So You’re Going to Be a Father

Gillian Cooper
2015s Shared Parental Leave laws and greater gender income equality has meant a boom in SAHDs (Stay-at-Home-Dads), but the pressures and challenges of being a man in a parent’s world might be different than you think.
Parenting in 2016. It’s an expensive business. Our local nursery fees are over £16.5k a year (double for two). As a lowly in-house copywriter for a mostly unknown publishing company, this was far more than my annual take-home. Add to that the additional time or expense required to cover inset days, training days, two full weeks over Christmas and all manner of sick days (if a child simply coughs in the vicinity, the shutters come down, gas masks go on and a keyworker paints a red cross on your child’s face).

Mental Health 1 - 0 Stress

Gillian Cooper
It's hailed as a festival of football, but for many fans the 2016 UEFA European Championship, will herald four weeks of nail-biting, fist-pumping, face-palming, heart-stopping, pulse-racing plain old emotional turmoil as your favourite team battles it out to be crowned top team.
It seems great timing then, that a week raising awareness of male stress should kick off just three days after its opening ceremony. Coincidental? Probably. But quite timely too.

A walk through Hyde Park for National Walking Month

Christine Kapak
How do you usually spend your Sundays? Traditionally, Sundays are a perfect time to fit in a relaxing walk before tucking into a huge roast lunch with all the trimmings. So with May being National Walking Month, we could find no better excuse for a Sunday walk with friends.
Four of us from the UsdawProtect team went on a personal challenge to celebrate National Walking Month - the aim was walk around a park for at least 3 miles and end up in a nice pub with an open garden for spot of lunch and a pint.