Cervical cancer survivor describes fear at diagnosis

A 35-year-old woman who was two years overdue for a smear test has told Daybreak of the difficulties she faced when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer,

Samantha Kemp, who was 32 at the time of diagnosis, said doctors discovered "quite severe abnormal cells" and sent her in for an MRI, which revealed a tumour small enough "that it meant I did not have to have a hysterectomy".

"That for me that was my scariest point, was having that situation of not knowing if I could have children anymore."

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Ministers blamed over rise in overdue smear tests

Ministers have been accused of failing to act on the rise in the number of women missing cancer screenings, said Labour. The Health and Social Care Information Centre found an 11% rise in the number of women who had missed checks for cervical cancer.