More than 46,000 supporters have signed the Sophie’s Choice appeal calling for the age of smear tests to be cut back to 16 years old. The call comes after ambitious model Sophie Jones passed away from cervical cancer after being declined a potentially life saving smear test.

Sophie, 19, from Eastham, Wirral, was at first told she had Crohn’s disease and experienced crippling stomach pain. However, clumsy physicians disregarded Sophie’s requests for an examination and stated she was too young to get cervical cancer, which is very uncommon in women below 25.

Her situation took a turn for the worse and in November when doctors at last discovered the cancer, which had radiated and destroyed her body. She died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Her family and friends have upheld an e-petition asking for the age of cervical screening to be decreased, and in just a few days, thousands have promised their help.

Her parents want to take their crusade to the Prime Minister David Cameron in the strength of preventing more young women from dying from the illness. Having smear tests for women at 25 or over is just ludicrous, at the very least people should be granted an option.


In June 2009, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health (Ann Keen), announced in a Written Ministerial Statement of 13th March 2009, requesting the Independent Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening (ACCS) to formally evaluate the data associated to dangers and advantages of cervical screening in women below 25 years, including current data regarding occurrence and fatality in young women.

The review took place at an extraordinary gathering of the ACCS held on 19th May 2009. The ACCS is a self-governing ministerially selected committee, with nearly all members specified by their respective expert bodies. A number of guests were as well asked to the review meeting to guarantee all views and accessible data were listened to, involving the voluntary sector and sick individuals.

No new scientific data was made known to the review meeting to maintain the reintroduction of screening in women under 25. In fact, a bit of fresh data was exhibited showing that screening is of little or no advantage in women in this age group. There are data that treatment following screening in this age group can lead to an extended danger of succeeding premature births, expanding the chance of babies dying or having severe handicaps. Data were as well exhibited that exposed there has been no notable expansion in the amount of women aged below 25 contracting or dying from cervical cancer since the strategy altered in 2004.

Members of the committee were united that there was no logic to reduce the age at which screening commences, which has to be in conformity with international recommendations.

Members of the committee were, nevertheless, troubled that young women who present to their GPs with gynaecological traits are not invariably being given proper guidance. They fully advised that the Department of Health should take additional action in this sphere, and the ACCS will be reflecting how best to follow this forward as an interest of gravity at their meeting on 25th June 2009. Members as well sanctioned that more endeavor is made in extending the uptake of cervical screening in women aged 25 to 34, where coverage has been sinking in current years, and stated that they would expand methods with NHS Cancer Screening Programmes and the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative to take this forward.

The committee will keep the decision strictly under reconsideration, particularly by watching the occurrence of cervical cancer in young women. In the interests of clarity, the minutes of the review meeting have been placed in the House of Commons Library is able to be made accessible on the Department of Health website.

We have girls having boob jobs on the NHS, and in spite of that, the price of a smear is too much.


Sophie Jones was aware something was off balance, she knew her body was telling her something, however because of her age it wasn’t even considered. It was February last year when she first knew something was off balance, and she started having stomach spasms as well.

Everybody was convinced she had Crohn’s disease, but when the following tests couldn’t discover something was wrong she was at last sent to gynaecology. By the time they discovered the cancer it had by now radiated, there wasn’t much they could do but lengthen her life.


She wanted to do the appeal herself, and she thought she would do it once she got better, however, clearly that wasn’t supposed to be. The family wants to prevent other people going through what they did and what Sophie went through. That would make it worth it.

If more than 100,00 people endorse the Sophie’s Choice petition an argumentation could be maintained in the Houses of Parliament on the matter of cervical screening. The lower age boundary for conventional examination in England is 25 because the condition is so uncommon.

No girls below the age of 20 died from the illness within 2009 and 2011 according to Cancer Research UK’s most current statistics, indicating Sophie was one of the youngest ever prey of the disease.

This beautiful young woman was the life and substance of the universe, and just illuminated the place, and this should have never taken place.

The appeal was started on the day that Sophie passed away for the reason that she was hopeful they could make certain other young woman did not experience the same fate.

Sophie was told that she was too young to possibly have the illness, however, by the time they diagnosed her it was too late, nevertheless, hopefully this appeal will make a difference.



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