Cancer sufferer says take the test

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A MATLOCK woman who has been forced to have a hysterectomy aged just 26 is urging other young women to get tested for cervical cancer.

Robyn Crowder was told she would have to have the life-changing operation after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March.

Robyn, who is from Matlock originally and works for Courtaulds in Belper, first went for a smear test last year.

When she was tested, abnormalities were found in her cells, so she went for more tests.

She underwent an operation at Derby City Hospital, which lead to her being diagnosed.

“It was quite a lot to take in,” she said.

“I’ll never have the choice to have a family – it’s just a shame.

“If I’d have had the same test before I was 25 they might have been able to do more.”

Robyn now wants to raise awareness of the condition among other young women.

Her friends and family have organised an awareness day at The Railway, in Bakewell Road, Matlock this Sunday.

Proceeds from the day will go towards the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity which is campaigning for women to take smear tests earlier.

Running from noon onwards, the event will feature a slave auction, wet sponge stocks, face painting and live bands.

Robyn will be taking part in Race for Life at Darley Abbey in July to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor her is urged to visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/robyncrowder