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Cervical cancer sufferer in call over smear tests
10:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
Skipton woman Rebecca Lawrence, who is suffering from incurable cervical cancer, is calling on the Government to introduce smear tests for young women aged between 22 and 25.
Rebecca, 25, of Sharphaw Avenue, who recently had her head shaved to raise money for charity, said the Government had recently introduced HPV vaccinations for girls aged from 13 to 22 and smear tests were available for women aged 25 and above.
But some women fell between the two, being ineligible for a vaccination or a smear test.
“I was one of these women in the middle,” said Rebecca. “I propose that the government give women between the ages of 22 and 25 the opportunity to have a smear test to prevent anyone else being in the same position as myself.”
She has set up an epetition, which can be accessed at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ petitions/54368 Meanwhile, Rebecca has been busy raising money for cancer charities Petal and Bosom Friends by having her head shaved.
She decided to remove her hair, before chemotherapy treatment did it for her, and invited family and friends to join her at the fundraising event at Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel.
Between 200 and 250 turned up – she had expected about 100 – some of whom shaved their heads and others endured waxing and their contributions have helped push the total pledged to £10,000 in just three weeks.
She said: “Everyone I spoke to said how buzzing the room was! I was so overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do with myself. It is so nice knowing that everyone was there to support me through quite a difficult night.”
Rebecca will now undergo a further 18 weeks of chemotherapy, which will take her up to Christmas.
Donations can still be made by visiting virginmoneygiving.com/ RebeccaLawrence.
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