Women’s participation in cervical cancer screenings decreased last year compared to the year before, despite lower fees, Fréttablaðið reports. Early last year, The Icelandic Cancer Society stopped performing the tests and healthcare clinics took over, in the wake of news of misdiagnoses resulting in serious illness, and even death. The move was plagued with issues and delays, as samples were now processed abroad.
When asked by Fréttablaðið reporters if the number of women showing up for their pap smears had increased due to lower costs, Ágúst stated that they haven’t seen an increase yet. “We’re convinced that it’s important and will have an effect in the future.” He added that they’ve managed to work out the issues plaguing the project in the beginning and the next step is to increase participation again.
When asked how long women had to wait for the results of their test, Ágúst Ingi stated that 99% of women now received their results within 40 days of the initial test. “this applies to women who have been tested from August to September.” He stated that it now takes four to six weeks to receive the results and they hope to shorten the wait even further in the coming months.