Changes to swab testing program as mother of young Portsmouth woman who died of cervical cancer asked for age to be reduced to 16


Porsche McGregor-Sims, an events manager who lived at Walsingham Close in Portsmouth, died tragically at the age of 27 after developing stage four cervical cancer.

Prior to her diagnosis, Porsche was examined by Dr. Peter Schlesinger, an on-site gynecologist, spent nine weeks in QA.

During a three-day inquest into her death, the von Porsche family questioned the actions of the appointment.

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Porsche McGregor Sims (centre) with mom Fiona Hawke (top) and sisters Tempest (bottom) and Pippin (right) at Camp Bestival

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While the coroner determined that Porsche’s death was the result of natural causes, the young woman’s mother, Fiona Hawke, is calling for changes to the cervical screening program.

Speaking to ITV, Fiona said: “We need to open up the cervical screening program to girls up to 16.

“We need to get rid of that ridiculous rule that says you can’t take another swab until the next one is due.

“We have to understand that this is a disease that can affect young women of all ages.”

Cervical screenings are currently open to people between the ages of 25 and 64.

Speaking to ITV, Fiona said: “Porsche waited several weeks for an appointment hoping that he would finally give her some clarity on what was wrong with her and what had been wrong with her body for two years.

“When she got to the appointment, she saw a man who talked a lot about her, didn’t listen to her, called her GP an idiot, dismissed her concerns and sent her away with a diagnosis for something she’d already had checked out.

“She came out no more reassured and with a clearer understanding of what was going on than when she went in.”

When asked by Porsche, the coroner said evidence showed that “while an earlier diagnosis would have given more time for the family to prepare,” it “would not have changed the outcome.”

However, Porsche’s family said that any additional time to prepare for her death would have made an “immeasurable” difference for all of them.

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