If the 'hierarchy' needs a reason to lower the age of cervical cancer screening it can talk to me. I lost my eldest daughter Kimberley to cervical cancer five years ago. She was 21 years, three months and five days old.
She wasn't even 20 when she went for the initial tests; it was so advanced she had a 30 per cent chance of survival. Her sister, my second daughter, had a baby three weeks after we lost Kimberley. She had her postnatal check up and wasn't offered a smear, which was routine in my day (and I'm only 43).
I insisted she went back and demanded a smear. Thankfully she did, she had laser treatment for cervical cancer in the very early stages. Had I not insisted, she would not have been due for a smear for another two years, from now. This would have been seven years too late.
I have two more daughters, 15 and 17. What happens to them?
If the DoH needs a reason, it can come and talk to me.
Jane Hemmingway, Cannock, Staffordshire