Target: Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Health Service
Goal: Lower the age of free cervical screening tests for women in the UK.
The National Health Service offers a free cervical screening test to women in the UK between the ages of 25-64. However, women younger than 25 years old have died from cervical cancer. While it is extremely rare for women to have cervical cancer before age 25, it does happen. The cervical screening test, previously known as the smear test, works to prevent cancer by examining cells in the cervix. For some, the cervical screening test is a matter of life and death. Urge the National Health Service to provide free cervical screening tests to women between 18 and 24 years old.
Research has shown that it is uncommon for young women to die from cervical cancer, however, no one should be denied a prevention test solely based on their age. If the age were lowered, it may encourage more women to get tested.
By signing the petition below, you are helping to persuade the National Health Service to lower the age of the smear test and potentially save lives. Please help these victims’ families and future victims from enduring unnecessary tragedies.
Dear Chief Executive Simon Stevens,
The age of free cervical cancer screening needs to be lowered at once, in order to possibly save the lives of numerous young women in the UK. Although it’s rare for women who are under 25 to have cervical cancer, it is still a possibility. The cervical screening test, formally known as the smear test, can alert women of abnormal cell changes. After receiving the results from the test, women can take precautionary methods to prevent cervical cancer.
Sophie Jones died at the mere age of 19 and Jessica Evans died at the age of 22 from cervical cancer. Dawn Weston was refused the smear test at 24 and died from cervical cancer at 26. Their lives were cut short, and a cervical screening test would have made all the difference.
The National Health Service has the opportunity to make a major impact on the lives of young women in the UK by lowering the age requirement for the cervical screening test. Please, lower the age of the smear test in order to help prevent cervical cancer and potentially save the lives of many young women.
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