Alexis Woolerton, from Leeds, appeared on 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 in May last year after having surgery and radiotherapy.
But she tragically passed away on Christmas Eve in Overgate Hospice, near Huddersfield.
Alexis, who leaves behind Ava, eight, and Annie, seven, was successful in the early stages of both singing competitions – but had to pull out because of her illness.
Her fiance Ricky Walker 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."
Cervical cancer stats
- 5,000 women’s lives are saved a year in the UK by cervical screening
- 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year
- 99.8% of cervical cancer cases are preventable
- 870 women die every year in the UK from cervical cancer
- 1 in 142 UK females will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in their lifetime
- 25-29 years peak rate of cervical cancer cases
He added: "She was like a tornado, she was the life and soul of the party and she loved nothing more than singing. She was an amazing singer."
Ricky's warning comes after NHS bosses warned the uptake for smear tests is at a 20-year low.
Alexis' friends and family are currently 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 added.
"She was loving and kind and would give anyone her last penny. She was generous to a fault and loved to make people smile."
Early signs of cervical cancer
Not all women with cervical cancer show symptoms, which is why it's important not to skip your tests.
Early signs can include:
- Abnormal bleeding: during/after sex, between periods or post-menopause
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Discomfort or pain during sex
- Lower back pain
- Unintended weight loss
Smear tests help to diagnose pre-cancerous changes in the cervix and are available on the NHS every three years to women aged 25 to 49.
Women aged between 50 and 64 are invited to get tested every five years.
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!"
You can donate to Ava and Annie's fund here.
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