Large numbers of previously missed abnormalities have been uncovered in the biggest review of smear tests undertaken since cervical cancer screening began in Ireland.
The review led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK has found hundreds of “discordant” results after re-examining the slides of over 1,000 women who had been tested for the disease under CervicalCheck, were given the all-clear and later developed cancer, according to an informed source.
Discordant means the re-examination of the smear test by Royal College reviewers has produced a result that is different from the original finding by CervicalCheck.
The extent of the individual divergences from the initial results is not yet known, but the review has found some cancers could have been prevented, it is understood.
The college is due to submit an aggregate report on its findings to Minister for Health Simon Harris shortly.
Source: The Irish Times