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25 January 2017

Campaign to change Cervical Screening guidelines

The Sunderland Echo recently reported the death of a Wearside woman, age 25, as a result of cervical cancer. 

Her death, following what appears to have been a three year delay in diagnosing her condition, has prompted a national campaign to change the rules to allow cervical cancer screening to be made available for high risk groups from the age of 18. 

Her brother told the BBC that doctors had repeatedly refused her requests for cervical tests, despite her concern over bleeding and abdominal pains.

Her family reported that she had experienced numerous symptoms (from the age of 18) and requested that her GP arrange a smear test on more than 10 occasions, only to be told that she was too young - that the NHS would only pay for tests for women aged 25 or more.

She was diagnosed only after her brother paid for private testing, three years after the onset of her condition.

Connor Cartledge, of Londgen Walker and Renney Solicitors has a particular interest in Oncology. 

He said,

"Delays in diagnosing cancer can have very serious implications for the sufferer's condition and prognosis. A prompt diagnosis can be crucial to ensuring that a person gets the best possible outcome. It may even save a life."

The Government last came under national pressure to alter the protocols concerning cervical screening age in 2009, when former TV reality star, Jade Goody, died from cervical cancer. 

Head of Department, Neil Heavisides, added,

"It's widely reported that 1 in 3 people are expected to develop cancer at some stage of their life. Seemingly over 190,000 people have now signed a petition calling for change of NHS guidelines on cervical screening. I certainly hope that the issues are given careful consideration."

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