Cervical cancer screening age to be debated in Parliament

The age limit at which young women can be tested for cervical cancer will be debated in Parliament later today. The debate was brought by Peri Cawley, who lost her 19-year-old daughter to the disease in March.

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MP: NHS must not undermine young women

Labour MP Alison McGovern said the death of Sophie Jones, who died of cervical cancer aged 19 after she was refused a smear test because of her age, shows that a "culture change" is needed within the NHS.

Speaking during a debate on lowering the age of eligibility for cervical screening from 25, she said that the NHS "must listen to young women".

"There are lots of forces in society that are set up to undermine young women," she added. "Please let's not have the NHS be one of them."

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