- General Medical Council
- United Kingdom
I was 22 years old when a smear test was taken and I was diagnosed with abnormal cells of the cervix. I had to have a colposcopy biopsy which revealed that I had precancerous cells of the cervix at stage 1 (CIN 1). I then had to have a section of my cervix cut away to remove the abnomal cells. Another smear was taken 6 months later which showed abnormalities again. Another biopsy was done and this revealed that the abnormality had progressed to CIN 3, (stage before cancer). More cervix was removed and I was told that child bearing would be troublesome if I had to have the treatment again.
Luckily I didn't and I'm here to tell my story but some women aren't this lucky because they are refused a smear test because they're not over 25. This is why it's important to get this policy changed. If this policy had been in force when I had my abnormalities then I most certainly wouldn't be here today.
Please sign this petition, it could help save a life.
We the undersigned call on the National Health Service to remove their policy restricting the use of smear testing on women under 25. Save lives not money.
The Lower smear test age to 16 petition to General Medical Council was written by Amanda Bellingham and is in the category Health at GoPetition.