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CERVICAL CANCER MISDIAGNOSIS BY ZOE GASK

 

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under. Every year, approximately 3,000 women are diagnosed. It is extremely important for women to undergo their routine cervical screening to help diagnose cervical cancer as soon as possible. If cervical cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it is usually possible to treat.

Women are automatically invited for cervical screening (or a “smear test”) when they are between the ages of 25 to 65 and are registered at a GP surgery. Women are invited for this every 3 years up until they are 49 years old and then every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 64.

Once the cervical screening is completed, the sample of cells is sent to a laboratory to be tested by cytology. Women should receive their results within two weeks, although sometimes this can take longer.  The result will either be ‘normal’, meaning no further action is required. A result of ‘inadequate’ means that a repeat test is required three months later. A result of ‘abnormal’ will require further investigation, usually by way of a colposcopy.

However, recently in the media there have been stories of a number of cases where woman have been misdiagnosed. The specialist Clinical Negligence Team at Wollen Michelmore Solicitors are currently helping a women whose cervical screening results were reported as ‘normal’ following two routine 3-year cervical screening appointments. Her third screening showed high-grade cancer which, it transpired, was detectable in the earlier screenings. After many investigative procedures, she required a full hysterectomy.

The team at Wollen Michelmore will continue to investigate this claim and ensure that this woman receives the care and support she needs, as well as compensation for the physical and psychological suffering she has endured, which was entirely avoidable.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer, please contact our specialist and friendly team, Amanda, Liz or Zoe for further advice, on 01803 213251, or alternatively you can go to https://wollenmichelmore.co.uk/services/clinical-negligence/delayed-diagnosis/ and complete our online enquiry form and one of our team will contact you as soon as possible.

 

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