More Than a Screening Scandal

When Vicky Phelan discovered she’d been given a false negative test result when in fact her test showed strong signs of cervical cancer, she took her case to Ireland’s High Court.
If she’d known, a hysterectomy could have given her a 90% chance of survival—instead she ended up with terminal cancer. She wasn’t the only one. Her case uncovered hundreds more women who’d been misdiagnosed; 18 of them had already died.

Survivors have become activists on the issue, saying it symbolizes a long line of institutionalized misogyny in Ireland.
A government inquiry found that problem the screening program signaled “a whole-system failure.”



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