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Ireland Galway hospital apologises to woman with cervical cancer over incorrect smear test results

03:50  15 january  2020
03:50  15 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Galway University Hospital has apologised to a woman with cervical cancer for a failure to detect an abnormality in her original smear test . The apology was read to the High Court as the pensioner who cannot be named by order of the court settled for €1.2m her action against the HSE over the

Galway University Hospital has apologised to a woman with cervical cancer for a failure to detect an abnormality in her original smear test . The apology was read to the High Court as the pensioner, who cannot be named by court order, settled for €1.2m her action against the HSE over the incorrect

A hospital has said sorry to a woman with cervical cancer for

failing to detect an abnormality in her original smear test.

The apology was read to the High Court as the pensioner, who cannot be named by order of the court, settled her action against the HSE for €1.2million.

She is currently receiving palliative care for cervical cancer. In a letter of apology read to the court the general manager of Galway University Hospitals, Chris Kane, said: “We can only express our sincere regret to you for what has happened and for its devastating consequences.”

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Cervical cancer is a cancer arising from the cervix . It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Early on, typically no symptoms are seen. Later symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain or pain during sexual intercourse.

WebMD provides an overview of cervical cancer , including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Better means of detection have meant a decline in cervical cancer in the U.S. over the decades. Most women diagnosed with precancerous changes in the cervix are in their 20s and

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The woman’s counsel Patrick Treacy previously told the court the woman was given the all-clear on tests taken under the cervical screening programme in 2006 and 2009.

Had her first sample been correctly reported it was claimed she would have been referred for a procedure which would have meant the pre-cancer would have been eradicated with a less than 5% chance of recurrence.

Liability was conceded in the case.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross offered his sympathy to the woman whom he said had lost her husband last year.

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