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Mum's cervical cancer campaign after daughter death

A mother from Oldbury is stepping up her campaign to get the age for cervical cancer screening lowered, after her daughter died from the disease.

A mother from Oldbury is stepping up her campaign to get the age for cervical cancer screening lowered. Credit: ITV News Central

22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year.

Routine screenings aren't currently given to women under 25.

22-year-old Jess Evans died earlier this year. Credit: ITV News Central

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The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury Credit: ITV News Central

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury has already had some success. Shaun Stretton has walked for the first time in nine years as a result of using the facilities

Shaun Stretton (right) has walked for the first time in nine years Credit: ITV News Central

Cervical cancer: House of Commons debate on routine screenings age to take place

Jess Evans died from cervical cancer Credit: ITV News Central

The family of a woman from Oldbury who died of cervical cancer after being denied a smear test will see a Parliamentary debate on the issue take place today.

Jess Evans, 22, visited doctors nine times but was told she was too young to be tested, as routine screenings don't start until women reach 25.

Mother campaigns after daughter dies from cervical cancer

Jess Evans died from cervical cancer Credit: ITV News Central

A 22-year-old from Oldbury died from cervical cancer after she was refused a smear test by doctors nine times, because she was under 25.

Jess Evans' mother is now campaigning to make doctors and members of the public aware of the symptoms.

Marie Evans has also started an e-petition to give under 25s with the cancer symptoms the choice as to whether they are tested.

The NHS say screening women under 25 would do more harm than good as abnormalities which will normally disappear on their own can be picked up.

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