Screening and increasing the rates of HPV Vaccine uptake can help to reduce the incidence of cervical and other cancers in the future
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland encourages women to continue to avail of the national cervical screening services which can help to detect early stage cancers and save lives.
We welcome the findings by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK that while some missed opportunities to prevent and diagnose cancer earlier in women were found, that overall the Irish cervical screening programme is performing effectively.
RCPI President, Prof Mary Horgan said; “Screening does save lives, the international evidence shows us that this is the case and this review confirms that. There are limitations to screening which have had tragic consequences for some women and their families. It is welcome that an independent review has found that the CervicalCheck system is performing in line with others internationally, including the UK.
“Many lives have been saved by screening and I would encourage all women to continue to attend for appointments and to go to their GP with symptoms. I would also encourage parents to continue to consent to their sons and daughters getting the HPV vaccine which can help to greatly reduce, and hopefully one day eliminate cervical cancer” Prof Horgan said.