If caught early, cervical cancer can be prevented by a simple smear test - however, the age for screening starts at twenty-five.

                                  Sadly, one woman was told she was too young to get tested, and it ended up costing her her life.

                                  Here's the full story...

                                  One family has gone through the unthinkable after their daughter repeatedly asked for a smear test...

                                  Only to be told, "not to worry."

                                  Now, you will all know that, out of all the illnesses in the world, cancer is by far one of the most devastating.

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                                  A result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, cancer develops when the body's normal control mechanism stops working.

                                  Instead of old cells dying like they're supposed to...

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                                  They instead mutate, forming new, abnormal cells.

                                  And the treatment is grueling.

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                                  The goal of treatment is to kill as many cancerous cells as possible, all the while avoiding any damage to the normal and healthy cells nearby.

                                  However, this isn't always possible.

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                                  The most common treatment, chemotherapy, acts as a "poison" and kills off the abnormal cells. However, it can often kill normal cells, too, which makes people incredibly ill, resulting in hair loss, weight loss, and general sickness.

                                  Though chemotherapy has been proven to have positive effects on eliminating cancerous cells from the body...

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                                  It isn't a cure... And we are yet to discover one.

                                  We are a long way off from finding an official cure for cancer...

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                                  And the numbers of those being diagnosed with the illness keep on rising every year. In 2019, an estimated 1.8 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States alone.

                                  And, out of those diagnosed with the devastating illness...

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                                  An estimated 606,880 sadly passed away.

                                  These numbers are simply devastating.

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                                  Medical researchers have been working hard for decades to find a cure for the illness and, though they haven't found one officially, they have come up with many alternative methods to combat the disease.

                                  But when it's preventable, the diagnosis is even worse.

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                                  One woman recently found this out when she was told she was too young to have a smear test after repeatedly telling her doctors something was wrong.

                                  Emma Swain begged her doctor for a smear test after suffering from symptoms related to cervical cancer.

                                  But instead, the twenty-two-year-old was told by doctors it was probably just her contraceptive pill causing her problems. They also blamed what happened to British reality star Jade Goody – who died of cervical -cancer in 2009 aged twenty-seven – for making her think the worst.

                                  She first asked for a smear test back in May 2013...

                                  After experiencing worrying symptoms such as back pain and bleeding after sex.

                                  But she was told she was too young to receive screening, as the minimum age is twenty-five.

                                  Emma’s doctor said she was clearly concerned by the "Jade Goody -effect."

                                  Her dad, Darren said this:

                                  “Basically, he told her she was worrying over nothing. He couldn’t have been more wrong. It cost Emma her life." Emma continued to contact her doctor over the next 4 months, fourteen times in total, but was merely advised to change her contraceptive pill.

                                  Then, tragedy struck.

                                  In December 2013 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died the following October, aged just twenty-three.

                                  Her doctor has admitted that if proper steps were taken, her death could have been prevented.

                                  Dr. Stephen Golding, Dr. Hendrik Parmentier, and practice nurse Maureen Dillon from The Haling Park Partnership in Croydon, South London, apologized for what -happened to Emma in a letter to devastated dad Darren. He has finally been awarded compensation after a grueling 6 year battle for justice, although nothing could possibly ease the pain of losing a child.

                                  They wrote:

                                  “We admit that if the care and treatment provided to your daughter had been of a reasonable standard, on the balance of probabilities, she would have survived."

                                  On his daughter's death, a heartbroken Darren said:

                                  “To have watched one of your children go through that and to know it could have been -prevented is -incredibly hard to -accept. We trusted these people – the professionals – to know what they were doing. I’ll never forgive them."

                                  A spokesperson for the surgery added:

                                  “Since Emma’s death, the practice has reviewed its processes to ensure lessons have been learned."

                                  One in five women missed their smear test last year, and due to COVID, around 600,000 appointments have been canceled this year alone.

                                  Darren said: “I want Emma’s story to make women go to their screening exam. Don’t put off getting symptoms checked -because of the pandemic." You can listen to Emma's full story here.

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