PRIME minister Boris Johnson’s estranged wife Marina Wheeler has urged women to undergo smear tests after revealing her own cervical cancer diagnosis.
Ms Wheeler who separated from Mr Johnson, 55, last year and filed for divorce in September, said she found out she had a problem after a routine check in January.
The 54-year-old told the Sunday Times: ‘I know the take-up of smear tests is way down. I know they can save your life. Why be afraid? I would urge other women to make the time and do the tests.’
Despite regular screenings in the past, Ms Wheeler admitted that she had left it late. ‘Something else always seemed more important. If you are healthy, active and energetic, it is easy to think you are immortal, but none of us is.’
Ms Wheeler, a QC, said in the paper the diagnosis left her ‘unimpressed’. She wrote: ‘I left thinking: “That’s absurd. I have no time for this. Quite apart from anything else, I have a book to write.”’
Ms Wheeler had three operations at University College Hospital, London, earlier this summer with support from her four children and sister Shirin.
Now cancer-free, she said it had brought home ‘the incalculable value of holding close those who you love and trust’.
She did not mention Mr Johnson whom she married in 1993. He now lives with girlfriend Carrie Symonds, 31, in Downing Street.