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Thread: The Cervical Cancer Testing Disaster - Terrible Waste of Lives -

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    Default Re: The Cervical Cancer Testing Disaster - Terrible Waste of Lives -

    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Bar View Post
    Perhaps a little inappropriate given that devastating interview but on the subject of vessel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScWD...youtu.be&t=53s
    Not really inappropriate. Access to good health care is riven with inequality - income, gender, race... In some areas people can't even get a GP, so they are not going to have easy access to cervical screening.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    A lot of evidence has been given by Cervical Check and by the Department of Health at this stage.


    The news reporting on this has been very unclear and confused/confusing. The 'look back' was solely a review of past tests of smears taken from women who had been diagnosed with cancer and who were receiving treatment. These were not cases of women not being told they had cancer, or pre cancerous changes. The information would still in some cases be useful in gauging how agressively to treat the cancer, because it might give a clearer idea of when cancer started. In some cases, like Vikki Phelan, the mistakes in reading smears were shown to be beyond the normal margin of error, and to have been obvious cancer cases that were missed. This is not good, of course, but in a programme of many thousands of tests, will happen. The labs used, according to the figures from Cervical Check, all performed at the normal expected rate of 'false negatives and positives.'

    https://www.cervicalcheck.ie/news/ce...018.13384.html

    https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publ...port-may-5.pdf

    Ireland's death rate from cervical cancer is still relatively high. One reason may be the early age at which testing stops 57-60, compared with 65-75 in other countries) and the three year interval between tests. Also, the lack of HPV testing and reliance on smears only. It may also be the rate of take up of testing. There is also a crazy system that women who have had clear smear results (acknowledged to a test with many false negatives) but who have symptoms of cancer, are treated as non-urgent and waiting a long time for appointments.
    Last edited by C. Flower; 19-05-2018 at 06:40 AM.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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