Ireland Eight Irish women still unaware that smear test results were inaccurate

17:10  09 may  2018
17:10  09 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Three women involved in audit of smear test results have died - Vicky Phelan

  Three women involved in audit of smear test results have died - Vicky Phelan Three women involved in audit of smear test results have died - Vicky PhelanIn an extensive interview in today's Sunday Independent, Ms Phelan reveals that when she was told in September 2017 that she was one of 10 women whose test results were being examined in 2014, she asked had any of them died.

2 days ago In a development which will cause further worries for women who fear they received inaccurate smear test results , GPs warned they could face delays getting an The doctors are also warning that they are being left in the dark about what information to give to women and are calling

Only 54% of women get their smear test results back within two weeks But the target is 98%. Is this a cause for concern? But, Dr. Suzy Lishman argues that although eight weeks is a very long time, it is still is not long enough to have an effect on our health.

a couple of people posing for the camera © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Eight Irish women are said to be still unaware of the fact that their smear test results were inaccurate following the CervicalCheck scandal.

Almost two weeks ago, it was revealed that the national screening programme for cervical cancer had given incorrect results to patients.

Over 200 women are due to be informed that they were given incorrect results, meaning their smear tests missed early signs of cancer cells.

a close up of a flower: CervicalCheck © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland CervicalCheck HSE officials confirmed on Wednesday that although 201 women who have been affected by the scandal have been notified, eight other women have not been contacted as they were unable to track them down.

'It was a huge shock' - survivor Rachel urges women to keep getting smear tests

  'It was a huge shock' - survivor Rachel urges women to keep getting smear tests 'It was a huge shock' - survivor Rachel urges women to keep getting smear tests“It was a huge shock. I would have considered myself to be pretty healthy. I wasn’t expecting it, especially with my first test,” she said.

Worse, audited and corrected results were not communicated to the women affected, delaying treatments which could have saved their lives, in an evident Ms Phelan discovered that a 2011 smear test that had initially shown no abnormalities was , three years later, found to be inaccurate .

■ Most smear test results are normal. ■ Some women will have abnormal changes. ■ All abnormal changes need to be followed up. HPV is a virus that is passed on by direct skin contact during sex. Usually women are unaware of having it, as it often has no symptoms.

According to Independent.ie, the HSE Deputy Director General Dean Sullivan has said that the eight women who have yet to be contacted are either travelling or living abroad.

He said: ‘All 201 or their families have been offered a meeting at the earliest opportunity with their doctor at a time that is suitable and convenient for them.’

a person brushing the teeth: Taoiseach © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Taoiseach Of the women who called, 81,50 have requested their call be returned, and so far, 3,649 calls have been.

After a hot line was established to take queries for women who may be concerned by their own smear test results, Mr Sullivan said over 11,982 women have called to date.

Mr Sullivan said return calls were made over the bank holiday weekend, and more will be made throughout the week.

'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children'

  'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children' 'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children'Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was told she had second-stage cervical cancer in 2016 - despite a smear test in 2013 coming back clear.

Most smear test results are normal. ■. Some women will have abnormal changes. ■. All abnormal changes need to be followed up. HPV is a virus that is passed on by direct skin contact during sex. Usually women are unaware of having it, as it often has no symptoms.

The Pap smear test results are reported as a grade It is estimated that up to 60% of sexually active women harbor this virus on their cervix or in their vaginal area. Most woman remain unaware about human papillomavirus – till her Pap smear shows evidence of HPV.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland
Health Minister Simon Harris has also declined the opportunity to express confidence in the HSE Director General.

The HSE’s Director General Tony O’Brien has faced calls from several ministers to resign following the scandal.

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Cervical cancer scandal: Terminally ill Vicky Phelan calls for radical overhaul of Irish health service .
She insists she does not want to die in vain .The mother-of-two, whose smear test was wrongly interpreted, told a parliamentary committee looking into patients impacted by the issue that health officials need to be held accountable.“I’m not interested in revenge,” Ms Phelan said. “That’s not what I’m here for.”The 43-year-old from Co Limerick said she wants the outcome of the Cervical Check controversy to be accountability.

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