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Family in emotional YouTube cancer plea in memory of Sorcha

By David Young

Friends and family of tragic Sorcha Glenn - who died from cervical cancer at just 23 after being denied a smear test because medics said she was too young - have created a heart-rending YouTube video aimed at ensuring no other young women suffer a similar fate.

The moving 15-minute film tells the harrowing story of the young Londonderry woman's battle with cancer, intercutting home movie footage of Sorcha with interviews given by her friends and family - including her parents Christina and Vincent, sister Orlagh and partner Matt - about the inspirational young woman whose life was cruelly cut short.

Sorcha had wanted a smear test as both her grandmothers had died from the disease.

Her request was refused. Two months later, in September 2013, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. A year later, she was told the cancer was terminal. Sorcha died in her boyfriend's arms just 17 days later.

Since her death in October 2014, Sorcha's family and friends - known as Team Sorcha - have campaigned for changes in the guidelines governing cervical cancer screening in the UK.

Wiping away a tear as she spoke of her beloved sister, Orlagh said in the video: "We want to make sure that the message gets out there, that young girls recognise the symptoms of cervical cancer, and understand that they are not 'risk-free'.

"We - Team Sorcha - believe that young women are currently at risk by being refused cervical cancer screening in the UK."

Sorcha's mum Christina said: "Refusing a smear test to women under 25 and over 63 is sentencing some women to death."

In a heartfelt plea, members of Team Sorcha called on everyone to watch and share their awareness-raising video: "Please, please if there is one thing you do today, take 15 minutes to watch this video and share.

"We can't guarantee it won't bring a tear to your eye, but it will certainly make you see why young ladies should not be refused cervical screening."

"We now need your support to share it UK wide and have as many people as possible to watch it.

"Please share and get all your family and friends to share too."

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