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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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Petition to lower smear test age gains 322k signatures

Following 19-year-old Sophie Jones' death from cervical cancer, 322,000 people have supported a campaign to change the law on smear tests

MPs will today discuss lowering the age limit for cervical screening from 25 to 16 after the record-breaking petition drew 200,000 more signatures than is required to trigger a Parliamentary debate.

Sophie Jones, 19, died of cervical cancer in March. Credit: ITV News Granada

The campaign was started by the family of the Merseyside teenager, who died in March after doctors refused her request for a smear test.

She had been suffering from pelvic pains, prolonged menstruation and loss of appetite, but was not screened because of her age.

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