A Bristol woman died of cervical cancer despite being reassured that her smear test was clear and that a biopsy result was negative.

The BBC last week reported on the revelations at the woman’s inquest.

When symptoms continued after she had been told that her cervix ‘looked normal’, the woman decided to see a private consultant. At this point, it was suspected that she was suffering from cervical cancer and further tests revealed this to be the case.

Unfortunately, the cancer had spread by this time and Mrs. O’Connor died less than a year later.

North Bristol NHS Trust has, apparently acknowledged the mistakes.

According to Cancer Research UK, there are over 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer in the UK every year and over 800 women die from cervical cancer in the UK every year.

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