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Jade's plight sees smear tests rocket

PUBLISHED: 15:34 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 18: Jade Goody leaves the Royal Marsden hospital on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 18: Jade Goody leaves the Royal Marsden hospital on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

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REALITY star Jade Goody s cancer battle has led to a surge in the number of women attending cervical screenings. Bassam Younes, the cervical screening hospital-based programme co-ordinator at Darent Valley hospital, said the number of women attending had

REALITY star Jade Goody's cancer battle has led to a surge in the number of women attending cervical screenings.

Bassam Younes, the cervical screening hospital-based programme co-ordinator at Darent Valley hospital, said the number of women attending had increased considerably since it was revealed she had terminal cancer.

The 27-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer in August last year while filming Big Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother and was told it is terminal last month.

In January tests in north Kent were up on the same time last year by nearly eight per cent and in February by 15.5 per cent.

Mr Youmes said: "We have seen an increase in the number of women attending for cervical screening following Jade Goody's story."

He added: "GP surgeries have informed us that there is a substantial demand from women in the under- 25 age group who would like to be tested."

Jade Goody, who appeared in Big Brother 3, starred as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at Woodville Halls in December 2002, sponsored by the Gravesend Reporter.

A spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said: "While our thoughts are with Jade and her young family at this difficult time, we hope Jade's story will encourage every woman who receives an invitation to attend cervical screening to do so without delay

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