X Factor contestant and mum-of-two, 34, dies after missing single smear test

A talented singer and mum of two young daughters has died of cervical cancer after missing just one smear test.

Alexis Woolerton’s partner Ricky Walker has told how she missed a single screening in 2015 before her illness developed.

She was diagnosed in 2017 and had surgery and radiotherapy before being given the all-clear in May 2018.

But Alex, 34, fell ill again at the end of May and, in July, it was confirmed the cancer had spread.

Mr Walker, of Leeds, said: “Alex missed one cervical smear in 2015, which cost her her life.

"She used to tell women not to put off going for cervical screening.

"She was like a tornado, she was the life and soul of the party and she loved nothing more than singing.

"Alex absolutely adored her kids and she would be so happy that friends and family are raising money to take them on the trip of a lifetime.

"She was an amazing singer. One and Only by Adele was our song. She used to sing it to me with such a passion.

"She was loving and kind and anyone her last penny. She was generous to a fault and loved to make people smile."

Mum Ann-Marie Woolerton, 62, added: "From being a young girl all she wanted to do was sing. She was a fantastic singer.

"She was so popular and had hundred of friends. We miss her so much."

NHS chiefs have raised concerns that the take-up rate of smear tests among women is at a 20-year low.

The test does not diagnose cancer, but can detect pre-cancerous changes in the cervix which can be monitored or treated to prevent cancer developing later.

Women are eligible for a test every three years from the age of 25.

Alexis auditioned for The X Factor and The Voice and was successful in the early stages, but had to pull out after falling ill.

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