‘Goody effect’ causes delay in smear results

Some women are waiting two months to hear smear test results

So many women have rushed to have a smear test following Jade Goody’s death from cervical cancer, that some results are being severely delayed.

In some parts of the country, women are waiting eight weeks to receive the results of their smear test.

Laboratory staff are working overtime to cope with the “substantial” increase in demand, according to the Independent. Results are usually available in two to six weeks.

The smear test is intended to detect cervical cell changes that could, if left untreated, develop into cancer. Jade Goody died from cervical cancer last month.

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