Cervical Cancer Screening Age
In the UK you currently have to be aged 25 and over to be invited for a Smear test. Do you think this an appropriate age or should it be lowered to say 21 or 18 or lower?
I was just thinking about all of this since yesterday after I was came across a news link post whilst scrolling through FB
It was about a young mother (Alexandra Hudson) who died just recently at the age of 26 .. She was diagnosed in June 2018 for Cervical cancer (I'm not sure what stage)
Initially, when Alexandra first went to the nurse about the symptoms she was experiencing (pain during and after intercourse and bleeding in between her periods) .. Alexandra was told that they were just the normal side effects of the routine contraceptive pills she was taking..
Eventually, Smear test confirmed she had a tumor in her cervix.. Alexandra then had chemotherapy and radiotherapy.. her family set up a Gofundme page to raise money for immunotherapy ..as she was not deemed exceptional enough to have it by the professionals.. unfortunately, the immunotherapy was not working on Alexandra and she died aged 26 ..leaving behind her daughter aged 9, whom she was a single mother too..
I find this very sad .. Alexandra may have been saved if the eligible age for Smear tests were lowered .. and also more awareness to nurses to recognize that young females on contraception may indeed have the symptoms of cancer within them
I know contraceptive pills do increase the risk of certain female cancers .. so all in all I feel the smear test age should be lowered to 18 atleast
What do you feel about this?
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