Apr 18, 2023
NHS Scotland calls 13,000 women for smear tests after error
Thousands of women are to be called for smear tests after errors in Scotland's cervical screening programme. In June 2021 it was discovered that several women had died from cervical cancer after being wrongly excluded from NHS Scotland's screening list. Women aged 25-64 are offered smear tests checking for human papillomavirus which is the main cause of cervical cancer. Samantha Dixon, the chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said women should not be alarmed. A spokesperson added: "The risk to those who have been excluded is low and it is very much a precautionary step as the overwhelming majority of exclusions will be correct."In partnership with NHS Scotland, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has made its national helpline available to anyone with concerns.
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