Local MP Katy Clark last week used a House of Commons debate to praise the work of Ardrossan-based cervical cancer campaigner Suzanne Fernando.
UK Parliament was debating issues raised by the tragic death of
Merseyside teenager Sophie Jones who died of cervical cancer after being
misdiagnosed and denied access to a smear test.
contribution, Katy Clark highlighted the work Suzanne Fernando has done
in promoting cervical cancer screening services, as well as her current
work organising a local ‘Walk for Fun’ event for Jo’s Cervical Cancer
Trust. The North Ayrshire & Arran MP said, “Suzanne Fernando was
diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was pregnant, and describes
herself as a survivor of cancer.
“She has campaigned tirelessly
on the issue throughout my time as a Member of Parliament, on many
different aspects of the disease: ensuring that people use cervical
cancer screening services and get smears; attending local schools and
encouraging girls to get the HPV [Human papillomavirus] vaccination; and
in fundraising work.”
Ms Clark also referred to Suzanne’s role
as Scotland’s first campaigns ambassador for Cancer Research UK, adding,
“She has set up a cervical cancer support group in Ayrshire, which
provides people with advice on the disease at any stage.
should pay tribute to all the women throughout the country who have
experience of cervical cancer and who work to ensure that others do not
go through what they have been through, that the condition is identified
early and prevented and that people get the treatment to which they are
The Labour MP called for all women to have access to a smear test at a time of their choosing.
part of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, Suzanne Fernando will take part
in a 5km ‘Walk for Fun’ at Eglinton Park in Kilwinning on June 15.