A 25-YEAR-OLD mother urging women to ‘drop you pants and save your life’ has received backing from her MP into lowering the minimum age for smear testing.
Kelly Bridgett has now been given the all-clear after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer following her first smear test.
Miss Bridgett, of Dunedin Crescent, Winshill, has written to Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and the Prime Minister and is urging other women to contact their own MPs asking them to consider lowering the age from 25 to 20-years-old.
The mother-of-two decided on a hysterectomy to clear her of any cancer and set up a Facebook group – Kelly’s Mission – urging women to book their smear tests, which now has more than 2,000 members.
Miss Bridgett, who also has support from South Derbyshire MP, Heather Wheeler, told her group: “Because this is a national thing that will benefit not only us, but generations to come, I think we should step it up a bit.”
She has now asked for volunteers from every town to contact their MPs.
Mr Griffiths, who has written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, asking him to consider Kelly’s points, said: “Anyone reading Kelly’s story would be shocked because people still think that cervical cancer is an issue for older women not younger women.
“I really applaud her for raising awareness and bringing this to people’s attention because quite clearly someone could be reading this and decide to go and get tested and it could save their lives
“I think she is right in saying we need to look at the evidence of younger and younger women being struck down by cervical cancer by bringing the age of smear testing down.”