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Grieving parents urge young North East women to get smear tests

Kirsty Robson (left) who died from cervical cancer in October. Her three children (right) who now live with their grandparents Gwen and Bob. Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION

Two grieving parents are urging young women in the North East to go for their smear tests after losing their daughter to cervical cancer.

Bob and Gwen Robson lost their daughter Kirsty, who was only 32 when she died, in October.

Kirsty Robson with her daughter Lauren Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION

The couple now look after Kirsty's three young children and are backing the #SmearforSmear campaign which started on Monday.

If Kirsty had gone for her smear test, her death could have possibly been prevented. It's devastating that the kids will grow up without their mam.

It is so difficult for them and they are all grieving in different ways and so are we.

I can't stress enough to women, young women in particular, to go and get a smear test. If Kirsty went, she might have caught her cancer early enough, we'll never know.

– Bob Robson, Kirsty's father

Kirsty, who grew up in Newcastle, was old enough to go for a smear test although she chose not to.

She had complained of constipation in the lead-up to her diagnosis. Her cervical cancer had spread to her liver by the time it was discovered.

Kirsty's mother Gwen said not going for her smear test was a decision she lived to regret.

I want to tell others to keep up their smear tests, Kirsty never had one. I think it is important to get them, I know it's not nice to go through but, as my mam always told me, prevention is better than cure.

Kirsty was stubborn and did it her way and she regretted that.

– Gwen Robson, Kirsty's mother
Kirsty's three children Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week started on Monday and runs until January 28th. It aims to encourage women to attend potentially life-saving cervical smear tests.

Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under 35.