Mother's 'miracle' baby saves her life after doctors spot cervical cancer day before birthVanessa Stuart wasn't due a smear test for another two-and-a-half years Day before she goes into labour doctors detect lumpTests confirm advanced cervical cancer
A woman is celebrating the birth of her 'miracle' child for helping doctors spot advanced cervical cancer.
Vanessa Stuart, 27, wasn't due a smear test for another two-and-a-half years but during a check-up the day before she went into labour, nurses detected a lump.
Despite the discovery, the mother-of-three gave birth naturally to her youngest daughter Molly and two months later tests confirmed cancer.
Vanessa Stuart's cancer was spotted thanks to the birth of her daughter Molly
Mrs Stuart is now in remission following a hysterectomy and sessions of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
The trainee funeral director of Cudworth, South Yorkshire, said: 'I was told not to worry as it could just have been a polyp but it turned out to be a tumour.
mum had cervical cancer at about the same age as me and died of lung
cancer in December 2009 but they say its not hereditary so I wasn’t
'I was in full labour for 26 hours which I think was because of it.
'The other two deliveries were not like this one. I think I was worried about what the midwife had said as I was having her.
It was only when Mrs Stuart went for a checkup at Barnsley Hospital that the midwife discovered a lump
nearly had to have Caesarean but thankfully she moved in the end. The
two midwives I had were brilliant and calmed me down a lot.'
Mrs Stuart had complications throughout her pregnancy with Molly, now 18 months, but this was put down to fluctuating hormone levels.
CERVICAL CANCER – WHY YOU SHOULD GET SCREENED
Cancer of the cervix, also known as cervical cancer, is an uncommon type of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix.
It often has no symptoms in its early stages, and it is recommended that women who are between 25 and 49 years old are screened every three years, and women between 50 and 64 are screened every five years.
If cervical cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it's usually possible to treat it using surgery. In some cases, it's possible to leave the womb in place, but sometimes it will need to be removed, requiring a hysterectomy.
Radiotherapy is an alternative to surgery for some women with early stage cervical cancer and more advanced cases of are usually treated using a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In 2007, nearly 2,800 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in UK.
It was only when she went for a checkup at Barnsley Hospital that the midwife discovered a lump and tests later confirmed that she had cervical cancer, which had spread to the bowel.
Mrs Stuart underwent a hysterectomy at the Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, followed by five weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park Cancer Hospital.
She added: 'If the midwife hadn’t spotted it or I hadn’t been pregnant I don’t know what would have happened. I wasn’t due a smear test for another two-and-a-half years.
'It had already spread to the bowel which is why I needed the radiotherapy.
'It was a long few months and very difficult at times, it felt like Molly’s first year was snatched away from her because I was so tired.
'I’d been all over the place during pregnancy and thought I wouldn’t want her but she is a little darling. She’s a treasure and very funny. She’s my little miracle.'
Following her recovery Mrs Stuart and husband Brad, 25, married in the Dominican Republic this December with their children Tyler, six, Brooke, three, and Molly alongside.
It is recommended that women who are between 25 and 49 years old are screened for cervical cancer every three years, and women between 50 and 64 are screened every five years.
In the UK there were around 950 deaths due to cervical cancer in 2008.