- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Raveena Ghattaura
A woman from Milton Keynes is calling for the age of cervical screening tests to be lowered.
Emily-Rae was 25 when she found out she had cervical cancer. She was diagnosed after a visit to the GP for the flu prompted a smear test.
She was sent to the hospital for a scan and biopsy where doctors discovered a tumour. Eight days later it had doubled in size and surgeons had to perform an emergency hysterectomy.
Emily-Rae said: "I was angry a little bit because they said you are going to lose your womb, and I always wanted to be a mum. Yes I wanted babies, but I am also somebody's baby, and that is important. I am already here and it is important that I stay here."
Emily-Rae believes having the smear test when she was 25 saved her life, but, says lowering the age for cervical screening tests to 16 could make a huge difference.
“If I had this test earlier maybe they would have picked up abnormal cells. I would like eligibility to run from 16, for example, if it runs in your family or if you are at high risk. I honestly feel 25 is too old."
Last week Emily braved the shave - not only to raise money for charity but to raise awareness too. She is urging women not to put off going for a smear test.
Public Health says around 2,500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 700 women die from the disease.