TOWIE's Courtney Green is hailed 'a hero' as she allows crew to film her undergoing a smear test for the show... and insists 'it's really not that bad'

Courtney Green underwent a routine smear test on Sunday evening's edition of The Only Way Is Essex - and was hailed 'a hero' by fans for raising awareness.

The reality starlet, 24, was seen telling her friend Dan Edgar that she had to skip the plans they had made together for the following day as she had her cervical screening booked. 

She was then seen attending the appointment, allowing the crew to film inside the consultation room, recording what was involved.

Brave: Courtney Green underwent a routine smear test on Sunday evening's edition of The Only Way Is Essex - and was hailed 'a hero' by fans for raising awareness

Brave: Courtney Green underwent a routine smear test on Sunday evening's edition of The Only Way Is Essex - and was hailed 'a hero' by fans for raising awareness

Courtney was seen lying back as the nurses walked her through it, explaining how smear tests work and what they're for - to test cells for signs of cancer.

Courtney underwent the procedure, which many believe to be painful and therefore off-putting.

But Chloe said, afterwards: 'It's really not that bad!'

She did, however, declare that she was going to wine and ice cream after.

On camera: Courtney underwent the procedure, which many believe to be painful and therefore off-putting

On camera: Courtney underwent the procedure, which many believe to be painful and therefore off-putting

Behind closed doors: Courtney was seen lying back as the nurses walked her through it, explaining how smear tests work and what they're for - to test cells for signs of cancer

Behind closed doors: Courtney was seen lying back as the nurses walked her through it, explaining how smear tests work and what they're for - to test cells for signs of cancer

Champion: Courtney posted about the matter, taking to social media to encourage women to get their checks

Champion: Courtney posted about the matter, taking to social media to encourage women to get their checks

One viewer tweeted: '@courtneyMgreen what a hero having her smear done on TV! Raising awareness and encouraging young women to attend their appointments is so important. Huge amount of respect for you!'

Another posted: '@courtneyMgreen @OnlyWayIsEssex Well done on flagging the importance of having smear tests and how there is nothing to be afraid of!'

Followed by: 'So much appreciation for #towie raising awareness about smear tests. It’s honestly so important & girls often mistake that it’s painful. It’s not. It’s over within seconds. There is honestly nothing for these scared women to panic about. The nurses make you feel so at ease too.'

Another posted: 'This is actually incredible. Well done @courtneyMgreen for showing how quick and easy it is. Girls, please go for your smear!!'

Chloe herself posted about the matter, taking to her own Twitter to write: 'To all women please book in your cervical screening it’s so important and it’s really not scary at all it can prevent cervical cancer I can’t stress enough how important and it really isn’t bad!!'

High praise: Fans of the show were impressed with her scenes at the doctors

High praise: Fans of the show were impressed with her scenes at the doctors

Chloe said, afterwards: 'It's really not that bad'

Chloe said, afterwards: 'It's really not that bad'

Treat: She did, however, declare that she was going to wine and ice cream after

Treat: She did, however, declare that she was going to wine and ice cream after

She posted a similar message to Instagram, along with a snap of the TOWIE scene, in which she looked more than happy to undergo the procedure.

Other female stars have used their platform to promote having the routine check - with Michelle Keegan doing so last year.

She shared a picture of herself during the test as she urged women not to put off going for the potentially life saving check-up.

The 31-year-old actress also posted a series of Instagram videos as she admitted she was guilty of putting off the procedure herself, but wanted to show people just how quick and simple the check is.  

Important cause: Michelle Keegan documented her experience of having a smear test last year as she urged women not to put off going for the potentially life saving check-up

Important cause: Michelle Keegan documented her experience of having a smear test last year as she urged women not to put off going for the potentially life saving check-up

Smear tests help to prevent cervical cancer by checking the health of the entrance of the womb and detecting any abnormal cells, yet the screening rates are currently the lowest they have been for two decades as women are not attending the check ups. 

Addressing her 3.7 million followers in an Instagram Story, the former Coronation Street star said: 'Today I'm on the way to the doctors for a smear that I've been putting off for a quite long time now.

'I think the thought of going for a smear for women puts them off more than anything. 1 in 4 women now don't turn up for their appointments apparently, so I'm going to do a video blog today to show you how simple a smear test actually is.'

In the doctor's office: The soap starlet then filmed herself filling out a quick medical form in the doctor's waiting room, before sharing a snap on the medical bed captioned: 'Here we go'

In the doctor's office: The soap starlet then filmed herself filling out a quick medical form in the doctor's waiting room, before sharing a snap on the medical bed captioned: 'Here we go'

The soap starlet then filmed herself filling out a quick medical form in the doctor's waiting room, before sharing a snap on the medical bed captioned: 'Here we go'.  

After the procedure, Michelle shared another video on her way home, revealing: 'Smear's been done. I was in the room five minutes, on the bed for two. It was really quick, really easy. It wasn't painful at all, just a little bit uncomfortable.

'Around three and a half thousand women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and I know it can be daunting going for a smear but these doctors and nurses do it every single day. 

'So ladies, I'm urging you to book in for your smear. Go and get it done and tell all your family and friends to do the same. because it is so important and it's so easy.'

TOWIE's Courtney Green is hailed 'a hero' as she allows crew to film her smear test for the show

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