Our comment regarding delays in women receiving smear test results

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 08:07

Following the story out today about delays in women receiving their smear test results, Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust said:

"Waiting for the results of a smear test can be an anxious time for women therefore it is concerning to see that some women are waiting much longer than two weeks. This may cause additional stress and potentially result in delays in treatment commencing for those needing it. Smear tests provide the best protection against developing cervical cancer and we are working hard to increase attendance across the country, it is vital that our screening programme can manage this. HPV primary screening has been shown to be a more effective test which will reduce cervical cancer diagnoses, however while the change from cytology to HPV testing as the primary screening method will inevitably mean changes to the workforce, we must not let this impact turnaround times for tests or let the situation get worse. Cervical screening prevents around 75% of cervical cancers from developing and we must ensure that more women continue to understand the benefits of screening and take up their invitation when they receive it."

 

If you are concerned about your smear test or what the results may mean then we're here for you on 0808 802 8000.