Her youth has shortened her life.
After experiencing constant, severe bleeding and back pain, Paige Hart, 25, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November. After chemotherapy, she was told that she was cured, but then pain returned and doctors discovered that cancer had as well. It had spread to her lymph nodes in her neck, chest and stomach.
Almost as bad as Nottingham, UK, the native's incurable diagnosis is that she feels her fate could be avoided – if her doctor had performed a cardiac smear.
"I was only 24 at the time, and I suspect they just thought I was too young to have something like cervical cancer," Hart told Caters News.
"I was bleeding constantly. I went to the doctor, but they only got me with [pain pills]."
Hart had to go to the doctor four times before realizing that her condition was much worse than an inflamed pelvis ̵
In England, pap smears are not offered by the National Health Service until women are 25. If given to younger women, Hart claims, doctors would have picked up her cancer before it spread. (In the United States, a majority of women 18 and older regularly get cardboard smears, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
"I feel the NHS has let me down," she says. "If I had had a dirt test for A few years ago, cancer would definitely have been found. "
Now she advocates that Paps should be given to younger women." I think age must be lowered when people are first sexually active, "Hart says.
Some doctors believe however, that combination the nation of HPV vaccinations and the relative rarity of cancer at such a young age, lowering the age limit is unnecessary.
"Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus … If we were to screen women under 25, these changes could lead to unnecessary and harmful tests and treatments," said Anne Mackie, program director for the UK's National Screening Committee.
International researchers announced in June that they were about to eliminate cervical cancer after tracking 65 studies with more than 60 million people in 14 countries receiving the HPV vaccine.
For eight years, they found that HPV 16 and 18 – the two strains that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer – dropped 83 percent in girls ages 13 to 19 and 66 percent in women ages 20 to 24, according to the World Health Organization. study published in The Lancet.
Hart takes little comfort in such expert opinions.
"I have to live every day now as it is my last. It's been a really terrible year, she says. “I live half a life. I can't plan for anything. I do not know what will happen at all. "