Tragic:26 year Old Mother of Two Diagnosed of Cervical Cancer Might Be spending Her Last Xmas

By on November 26, 2014

A mother-of-two with terminal cancer is spending her last months campaigning to lower the national smear test age after her first examination at 25 found she had cancer.

Aimee Willett is facing what she fears will be her last Christmas with sons Charlie and Kaleb and fiance Michael Bond.

The 26-year-old went for her first smear test last December, after turning 25 – the age at which NHS screening currently starts.

The results changed Miss Willett’s life.

Doctors gave her the devastating news that she had cancerous cells. In June she faced a second blow, as experts said another, inoperable tumour had been found. 

Her cancer was diagnosed as terminal when the original tumour in her cervix spread to other areas of her body.

She was working as a waitress, but was forced to give up work when she fell ill.

She has now undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy but has been warned she is unlikely to survive until 2016.

She said her case highlights the need for the national smear test age to be lowered.

But the Government said screening women under the age of 25 can do more harm than good.

She said: ‘I am bitter about it and I would like to see the age lowered.

‘I think 25 is too old – especially if a girl has had a child at a young age.

‘The biggest thing for me now is for people to be more aware.

‘If you experience anything that’s not normal, go to your doctor and get it checked out and when you get a letter asking you to go for a smear test make an appointment straight away and keep it.

I always thought it would never happen to me because I was young, but cancer doesn’t pick an age group.’

A report released this week found fewer women under 30 present themselves for smear tests than older women.

 Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre found that number of women aged 25 to 29 screened last year was considerably lower than those in older age groups.

Only 63 per cent of women aged 25 to 29 were screened by 31 March 2014, compared to 82 per cent of women aged 50 to 54.

A majority (93 per cent) of young women screened had a negative result, with just over one per cent shown to have a ‘high-grade abnormality’, which could lead to cervical cancer.

Miss Willett, of Sittingbourne, Kent, has now made a bucket list of all the things she wants to do before she dies.

Top is to marry her fiance Michael Bond, 26, and next is to give her boys Charlie, eight, and Kaleb, three, the best Christmas ever.

She added: ‘We’re taking the kids to Lapland UK as a surprise and we plan to spend Christmas Day at home, just the four of us, with the kids playing with their toys.

‘Getting married might be a bit difficult due to money. Other things on my list include seeing the Eiffel Tower light show and Disneyland Paris with the boys.

‘I’d also like to take part in Race for Life so they can see me do it whether it’s walking, crawling or being carried across the line.’

The Advisory Committee on Cervical Cancer Screening advised the NHS Cervical Screening Programme to raise the starting age for cervical screening from 20 to 25 in 2003.

Professor Julietta Patnick, director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, managed by Public Health England (PHE), explained this decision was made because the evidence shows testing women under the age of 25 ‘may do more harm than good.’

She said: ‘Cervical cancer in women under the age of 25 is very rare.

‘Younger women often undergo natural and harmless changes in the cervix that screening would identify as cervical abnormalities, and in most cases these abnormalities resolve themselves without any need for treatment.

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