Evidence proves that cervical screening works

No matter how good a screening programme, no matter how effective it is in reducing mortality in society, it will hurt some patients

Tony O’Brien: the director general of the HSE resigned on Thursday night Picture:Rollingnews

The recent tragic cases of cervical cancer in women who had previously received falsely reassuring screening tests, should necessitate thoughtful scrutiny and analysis of our cancer screening programmes. Some of the political and journalistic commentary to date has fallen short of this standard.

Medicine has developed variably successful strategies for dealing with the cancer problem. Some cancers, such as childhood leukaemia, can be cured with drugs. For others, prevention is best. Lung cancer ...