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.
via: GettyA 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...
via: GettyThey instead mutate, forming new, abnormal cells.
And the treatment is grueling.
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.
via: GettyThe 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...
via: GettyIt isn't a cure... And we are yet to discover one.
We are a long way off from finding an official cure for cancer...
via: GettyAnd 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...
via: GettyAn estimated 606,880 sadly passed away.
These numbers are simply devastating.
via: GettyMedical 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.
via: GettyOne 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.