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Cornish Mum Calls for Cervical Cancer Checks

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2:38pm 7th May 2014

A Penzance mum tells Pirate FM  "you don't get over it", after she lost her daughter to cervical cancer.

Mercedes Curnow lost her battle to the disease in 2011, at the age of 23.

Her mum Sandra Cousins is calling for routine human papillomavirus (HPV) tests at GUM clinics, alongside other sexually transmitted disease tests.

She says it is the best way of detecting those at risk, and obtain early diagnosis.

HPV is responsible for 70% of all cervical cancer cases.

Currently only women over 25 can be tested as part of the initial cervical screening.

Sandra Cosuins said: "It would identify that you have the high risk HPV, in males and females. In 70% of cases this is being passed on to young women and they die, they can die and they do die.

"70% of cervical cancer cases are caused by the HPV virus, high risk strains of 16 and 18. So if you can prevent 70% of cases, I mean that's huge. That leaves the other 30% that is a little bit more difficult."

2:38pm 7th May 2014

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