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Women warned over consequences of missing smear tests

Women should attend screenings when invited Credit: ITV News Central

A woman from Derby who was diagnosed with cervical cancer has told ITV News Central she regrets repeatedly missing her smear test appointments.

Rebecca Hazeldine is now unable to have more children and is urging other women not to make the same mistake. Official figures show almost one and a half million women didn't go for a screening last year.

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Cervical cancer campaigners join presenters on Central sofa

Two women affected by cervical cancer spoke to ITV News Central presenters Bob Warman and Sameena Ali-Khan about their campaigning.

Laura Clifton wants to get more women to take smear tests, after she put off going for hers for nine years. When she did get tested, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Marie Evans' daughter died from cervical cancer aged 22, and she wants to change the law so that under 25s can be tested.

Cervical Cancer awareness: Natalie's story

A 23-year-old woman who has been left infertile from cervical cancer is campaigning for the cervical screening age to be reduced from 25 to 20.

Natalie Carney, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was diagnosed last year with cervical cancer at the age of 22.

Extensive treatment to fight the disease, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has left her unable to have children in the future.

The current age for smear testing, which detects the disease, is 25. However, Miss Carney is one of many young women who has developed the condition before that age.

She believes if she was allowed to have a smear test from the NHS, the outcome would have been different.

For more on this story, head to ITV Calendar's website.

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