AD­VICE WAS TO TELL TEST LIM­ITS

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

CER­VI­CALCHECK was told last year women should be in­formed about the lim­i­ta­tions of the screen­ing process, it has emerged.

Dr Ed­ward Aboud, of Let­terkenny Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, warned the ser­vice that more in­for­ma­tion was needed about the pro­gramme, which is 60%-75% ac­cu­rate. He made his rec­om­men­da­tion when the screen­ing ser­vice had a dis­cus­sion with doc­tors in Septem­ber 2017, ac­cord­ing to min­utes shown to the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee. Min­utes show Dr Aboud sug­gested im­prov­ing knowl­edge of the test’s lim­i­ta­tions, ‘par­tic­u­larly that all can­cers can­not be prevented even with the in­tro­duc­tion of HPV pri­mary screen­ing and the HPV school vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme’.

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