Friday 28 April 2017

Eilish O'Regan: Public trust in the accuracy of screening is crucial

'It is important there is vigilance if lives are to be saved.' Stock Image
'It is important there is vigilance if lives are to be saved.' Stock Image
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Public trust in national cancer screening programmes is vital to achieve necessary take-up.

For that reason there must be no cutting corners when it comes to quality assurance, given that no screening is perfect with a 100pc accuracy rate all the time.

It is tragic that 13 patients involved in the BowelScreen programme had their cancers probably missed due to the method of colonoscopy used at Wexford General Hospital, which was not invasive enough.

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