Mum dies of cervical cancer because she was 'too young' for a smear test
Sadie Blackston, 25, passed away on February 7 in her family home following a short battle with cervical cancer.
Lizzie, Sadie's devastated sister, said that her daughter had visited her GP a few times complaining of pain and bleeding, but she was not offered a smear test.
Apparently, Sadie was too young for a routine smear test, but her family believe that her disease would have been caught sooner if she had been tested.
Despite Sadie's severe abdominal pain and the history of cervical cancer in her family, she was sent home with painkillers.
Ultimately, Sadie, who has four young kids, was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with cervical cancer.
After her initial diagnosis, Sadie underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but was told that the cancer had spread and she was terminal.
Sadie sadly died earlier this month at her home, surrounded by her family and friends.
"Everyone loved Sadie. I'm lost for words, to be honest. We are all devastated, ripped apart," her sister said, in an interview with The Mirror.
Sadie's heartbroken family are calling on their government to lower the age where women can access a free smear test.
"The age should be lowered to 16, because that's when you can legally have sex."
Do you agree that the age requirement for smear tests should be lowered?