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Women 'Losing Their Jobs' Because Cancer is Being Missed

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7:00am 13th February 2013

A grieving Cornish mum warns young women are losing their jobs because the signs of cervical cancer are not being picked up early enough.

Sandra Cousins from Penzance lost daughter Mercedes when she was just 23.

She is in Westminster later, calling for women to get smear tests when they are younger so symptoms are not missed.

It is after she launched the Mercedes Curnow Foundation in memory of her daughter.

Sandra told Pirate FM: "I know girls who have lost their jobs because they have been so unwell and so ill. Their symptoms have not been investigated.

"The anxiety of not knowing is horrendous. It outweighs the burden of the smear test.

"If you speak to many, many young girls who are on the Foundation's Facebook page they will say had they been able to have a test at the age of twenty their diagnosis would have been picked up earlier."

The Foundation funds young women to have cervical screening done privately if they have symptoms or have a high risk of developing the disease.

7:00am 13th February 2013

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