Doctors given guidance to diagnose cervical cancer sooner

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Doctors given guidance to diagnose cervical cancer sooner

4th March 2010

New guidance for doctors has been introduced after a working group found that women visiting their GP with abnormal bleeding experienced a delay in cervical cancer diagnosis because they did not receive a full pelvic examination.

The working group of the Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening (ACCS) - set up to look at the management of young women with gynaecological symptoms - has produced the new guidance to help GPs identify symptoms and diagnose young women with cervical cancer early.

In research carried out by the group, a number of young women under the age of 25 who developed cervical cancer have claimed they had symptoms but did not receive a full pelvic examination to check for abnormalities in the cervix.

Daniel Lee, a medical negligence specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said he hoped the new guidance would reduce the number of late diagnoses, and help identify those with cervical cancer sooner.

"Making earlier diagnoses for younger women will ultimately save lives," said Daniel. "We hope this new guidance will result in earlier recognition of symptoms, earlier diagnosis and a better outcome for women with cervical cancer."

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Source - Department of Health