Devoted mum Adele Willis has launched a campaign to lower the age of smear tests after her ‘beautiful’ daughter died just months after doctors told her she was too young for a test.
Emma Fisk died at the age of 25 on Monday, June 8 after a year-long battle with cervical cancer.
She married her long-term boyfriend Dan Fisk in January after being told she only had six months to live.
Now, her family have launched the Team Emma campaign on Facebook and have called for the age at which you can have a smear test to be lowered from 25 to 18.
Mrs Willis, 49, of Ackworth, Pontefract, said: “We set it up a few weeks after Emma died to build awareness and support others that are going through similar problems.
“I was clearing her belongings out of her house after she died and I just suddenly had this thought for her not to be forgotten.
“It is something I think she would have done if she was still here and, as painful as it is, if it helps people then it is worth it.”
Mrs Willis and her family and friends now hope to lobby the government to get the age for the tests lowered.
She said: “If women were called up for smear tests earlier, I firmly believe that our beautiful Emma would still be alive today.
“She was a fit and healthy young woman - she didn’t smoke or take drugs or drink. She was the model daughter.
“It still hasn’t sunk in that she isn’t here. She was always the one that I would ring when anything funny happened and now I can’t do that.
“I still think ‘I have to tell Emma this’ but I can’t.”