Meet Laura Woods, a member of our Patient Advisory Board and a manager at the Big C Cancer Charity.

Laura backs the smear for smear campaign following her own diagnosis with cervical cancer as a young mum aged 30. She was diagnosed late with cervical cancer, and so is a strong advocate of people attending screening when they are invited to do so. This ensures where possible an early diagnosis and the best possible outcome.

Her life changed markedly following her experience with cancer, she has joined a number of charities and patient groups to help others with their experience of cancer and the psychological impact it has on their wellbeing. 

During her treatment, Laura often felt isolated, and that’s what brought her to the Big C Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (NNUH). At the Centre, she met other people going through a similar experience and was able to get the support and respite she needed. Now, as a Deputy Centre Manager and Counselling Coordinator at the same centre, Laura provides the same support she received from others during her care pathway.

During COVID Laura is keen to let everyone know it is safe to attend GP surgeries for screening, and to reach out if they need to, to charities like Big C Cancer Charity in Norfolk and Waveney, or the The Eve Appeal and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, if they are worried about cervical cancer. Watch Laura's message about screening during COVID.