The family of a 25-year-old woman who died from cervical cancer are calling for a review of screening age limits. 

Amber Rose Cliff died on Sunday, January 8th after a four year battle with the disease.

Although experiencing symptoms from the age of 18, Amber was refused a smear test by her GP, based on the current lower age boundary of 25.

Amber was eventually diagnosed through a private smear test at which point she had already lived with the disease for two to four years.

Following chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the cancer spread to her lungs and throat.

In response to his sister’s death, brother Josh has started a petition to lower the age limit. As of this writing, the petition has already amassed close to 45,000 signatures. The petition needs to reach 100,000 for it to be put before members of Parliament.

The petition calls for women between 18-25 to be given the option of a smear test if they have seen their GP twice with similar gynaecological symptoms.

“I know that people have tried countless times to get the smear test age legally lowered to 18, but Amber’s Law is different,” Josh told ITV News. “Amber’s Law applies to women under the age of 25. It gives them the option to have a screening if they request it, but it doesn’t make testing obligatory.”

Public Health England have set the age limit to 25 to reduce the risk of screening “doing more harm than good” in younger women through unnecessary and potentially harmful investigations and/or treatments.

Dr Claire Bradford, Medical Director for NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group commented: “We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Amber and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on an individual case, but we would always advise patients to speak to their GP if they are experiencing any of symptoms which they are concerned about.”

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