A talented singer and mother-of-two has died at the age of 34 after missing a single pap test.
Alexis Woolerton appeared on the UK X Factor and The Voice before being told her cervical cancer had returned in July 2017, having missed just one screening in 2015.
The mum, who was popular on her local karaoke scene, was given the all-clear by doctors in May last year after she underwent surgery and radiotherapy.
But Alexis tragically passed away on Christmas Eve after it returned.
Alexis, who leaves behind her daughters Ava, 8, and Annie, 7, was successful in the early stages of both The Voice and X Factor competitions — but had to pull out due to her illness.
Her fiance Ricky Walker said: “Alex missed one cervical smear in 2015, which cost her this life.
“She used to tell women not to put off going for cervical screening.”
Ricky said his beloved partner was “like a tornado”.
“She was the life and soul of the party, and she loved nothing more than singing,” he said.
“She was an amazing singer.”
The singer’s tragic death comes after the UK’s National Health Service warned the uptake for smear tests is at a 20-year low.
In Australia, women aged 25 to 74, have a Cervical Screening Test every two years, according to the Department of Health.
Alexis’ friends and family are fundraising for her daughters to go on a trip of a lifetime to Disney World Florida.
“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,” Ricky said.
“She was loving and kind and would give anyone her last penny.”
“She was generous to a fault and loved to make people smile.”
Pap smear tests help to diagnose precancerous changes in the cervix.
Posting on Facebook, Ricky said: “If just one of you ladies take heed of this and book your smear test then Alex will not have died for nought.
“Please, regardless of how ‘young and immortal’ you are, get yourself booked in.
“Dads, don’t be embarrassed to make sure your daughters have had it!
“I understand that we as fathers are uncomfortable about talking to our daughters in this way, but swallow that pride and show them this so you do not have to have the awkward conversation!”
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission