Cervical Cancer Screening Age Petition

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Created April 21, 2011 by Mary

Health

I would like to petition the Prime Minister to consider lowering the age for Cervical Smear testing from 25 to 20.

This is close to my heart as I lost my niece in 2010 to cervical cancer at the age of 23.

My niece, Maryanne Makepeace, had visited her doctor's on numerous occasions with the same problem, which was always treated as a water infection, even though tests were negative.

Alarm bells never rang, because they quite simply considered that at her age, she was not at risk.

The problem progressed, and after I insisted she go back, she finally managed to persuade her doctor to have tests at the Hospital.

She had the tests carried out and was given the devastating news that she had cervical cancer, at Stage 3 – too late for her.

Had the doctors taken her seriously at the beginning while still in the First Stage, she would have been caught with the cancer cells, and would still be here today, loving and caring for the two beautiful little girls that she has left behind.

This disease devastates lives and is ongoing. It has been 2 years now since the Jade Goody story and petition, and we are still not being heard. After the defeated Jade Goody campaign in 2009, the Government said they would urge GP’s to improve diagnosis of young women, by spotting symptoms at an earlier stage.

This has clearly not happened, Maryanne put her faith in her doctor, and was let down by the system. The Government needs to act now with a rigorous review of the current screening age. This cancer is brutal, and what really hurts is that Maryanne, and Jade, should still be here.

Regular tests are carried out in Wales and Scotland at the age of 20, we need to do something about changing the age in England to 20, before more families are torn apart with more girls losing their lives at such a young age.

Surely the best fight for this deadly disease is prevention of the cells taking hold?

Please, I urge you, sign my petition, and to the Prime Minister – please, please consider lowering the age of screening.

There are currently 1353 signatures for this petition:

  1. Margaret Boyd UNITED KINGDOM

    I have three daughters.The eldest is waiting to have some tests done but because of the waiting list she has to suffer on and hopefully it will be sorted soon as I hope others get the support they need no matter whatever age as cancer doesn’t ask your age.

  2. Vicki Jameson UNITED KINGDOM

    Hopefully it’ll help save a lives!

  3. Craig Rooney

    I think you should be able to get checked at any age my girlfriend family have a high cases of cancer in her family her mum was told she had cancer at 20 and died when my girlfriend was 5 she isnow 19 and wanted to get test and told she was too young to be test hopefully she will be ok

  4. William Rooney

    anyone should be able to be tested at any age you are never to young to get cancer or die you should never be too young to be tested

  5. Bernie Rooney

    i think you should be able to get tested for cancer whatever the age the sooner you find out the more time and chance to fight it and try to get rid of it so meny more people’s lives could be saved if they had the tests

  6. marina richmond UNITED KINGDOM

    Cancer can destroy lives at any age, so cervical screening should be available to all women.

  7. Maria mc naghten UNITED KINGDOM

    Deaths could be prevented if smears done early. Please change the rules

  8. Laura Sharvin UNITED KINGDOM

    Good luck with the petition

  9. Gillian Donaghy UNITED KINGDOM

    I have a 14 year old daughter and I defo would agree that it should be up to the woman to decide if she wants to be tested at 20years old . Prevention is better than cure !!!!

  10. Leigh UNITED KINGDOM

    n/a

  11. Mrs Diane Thompson UNITED KINGDOM

    Bring the cervical cancer smear test down to 16 years old please

  12. Suzanne Collins UNITED KINGDOM

    I lost my 25 year old son to leukemia. It was picked up pretty quickly and treated with stem cell transplant from his sister. I feel that starting smear tests at 16 would pick up on cervical cancer earlier would at least give a fighting chance to those affected. As the mother of one daughter and two granddaughters this is of great concern and importance to me

  13. Richard thompson

    A fiend lost a sister who was refused a screen

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