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Monday 16 February 2009 8.10am
I am so angry about the NHS refusing routine smear tests to the under 25's in England.

Why is Northern Ireland,Scotland,Wales allowed them at 20? Young people are sexually active so much earlier these days.
13 and 14 seems to be the norm and by the time they get to 25 it may be too late to save them dying from cancer. Why is England being discriminated against?

Perhaps if Jade was given regular smear tests at a younger age she may not be in such a heartbraking situation now.

James I was going to post this in chatter?
Friday 27 February 2009 10.49am
I am also shocked that smear tests are only prescribed every three years. In the rest of Europe (at least in France and Spain)you HAVE to have one every year. From experience from friends and colleagues in the UK, it is not until people are very ill that cancer is diagnosed. Way too late.
Saturday 28 February 2009 9.38am
Plus Connie, not all cancers behave in the same way, some are far more agressive than others. So are the health people basing their timings of smears on old data, not realising that cancers can mutate?

Are their any cytologists reading this who can re-assure us?

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