[Leslie Carol Botha: This is a travesty. Young women having sex at an early age and are unable to get pap tests. In fact, an article came out last year saying that labs were turning away the smears of girls younger than 25 without even testing them. If a girl is going to have sex she needs to learn how to be accountable for safe sex and that is through annual exams. These girls are perhaps passing STD's around without even knowing it.
Again, I have to bring up the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. Girls as young as 9 are being vaccinated and they cannot get a pap smear until age 21 in the U.S., age 25 in England and age 30 in The Netherlands. Both vaccines are known by the government, the FDA and Merck and GSK to increase the risk of cervical cancer. We need to get the pap guidelines reduced in all countries to be able to detect an increase of cervical cancer in adolescents. Reports of cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer are already coming into VAERS.]
MPs want change to smear test age limit for young women
By Natalie Ostroff
The government is facing claims that it is risking the lives of women under 25 in England by not giving them cervical smear tests.
Two MPs, Lib Dem Andrew George and Tory Mark Spencer, back a campaign for the screening system to be reviewed.
A mother who lost her daughter, Mercedes Curnow, to cervical cancer has led a petition calling for the screening age to be lowered to 20.
That is in line with the rules in Scotland and Wales.
It has been signed by more than 120,000 people.
People who signed the petition have been protesting outside the Houses of Parliament this week.
Kayleigh Cheel, 23, was a friend of Mercedes.
She said: “To know that in Wales and Scotland girls of our age can have smear tests and we can’t – it’s disgusting.”
Twenty-two-year-old Natalie Carney has cervical cancer and wants the age limit lowered too.
She was diagnosed with the disease in February but her symptoms were only picked up after several doctors appointments, when she was referred to a specialist.
She says that if the cancer had been detected earlier, she wouldn’t have needed so much treatment.
“It felt like that’s it,” she said. “I’m 22 years old and I’m having a hysterectomy. That is what old ladies have.”
The latest data from Cancer Research shows that cervical cancer in under-25s is rare.
In 2010, 45 women aged between 20 and 24 were diagnosed with cervical cancer in England, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).