Monday , June 14 2021

Vicky Ferlan pleads women to undergo smear tests despite delayed follow-up

Healthy campaign Vicky Ferlan asked women to go on smear tests, despite
prolonged waiting times for subsequent treatment.

The cervical cancer victim has telephoned in the social media after it was revealed that patients are facing long delays for aftercare – even after anomalies have been detected.

She writes in Twitter: "Please keep walking and carrying the screening program.

"We'll get there and have a program we can trust and which will be the best in the world."

Women who have been found to have high-grade abnormalities face a delay of up to six weeks for further investigation, the Irish Independent Institute said today.

Vicki Fellan (North West Newspix)

Spray test

The issue was revealed to the CervicalCheck Steering Group, which is composed of patients such as Loren Walsh and Stephen Teap, as well as doctors and health officials.

Delays mean that a woman who goes to screen for the uterine cervix can wait for 6 months before receiving the test results.

Women who need further research may need to wait another six weeks for colposcopy, a procedure that can show potential signs of cervical cancer.

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