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12 Aug 2022

Waterford girls inspired by Vicky Phelan for Cervical Check Young Scientist project

Waterford girls inspired by Vicky Phelan for Cervical Check Young Scientist project

Waterford girls inspired by Vicky Phelan for Cervical Check Young Scientist project

A pair of Waterford schoolgirls inspired by Vickey Phelan have chosen the 2018 Cervical Check scandal as the subject of their project at the 2019 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. 

Jovana Gajic and Róisín Ní Chadhla say that after watching interviews with Vicky Phelan and Laura Brennan during the scandal, the Ard Scoil Na Mara students wanted to do something to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. 

The scandal saw thousands of women given inaccurate and misleading diagnosis information from the Cervical Check process.

The girls' project, 'Cervical Check and the HPV Vaccine - Information, Opinion and Fake News' is about cervical cancer and the public's knowledge and understanding of everything that surrounds this condition in light of the CervicalCheck Scandal of 2018.

It is entered in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Junior section of the 2019 BT Young Scientist Exhibition. 

The girls are surveying thousands of people, male and female, to assess public knowledge, and have already come across some interesting findings, as they recently told RTE News. 

The Waterford students will bring their findings to the Exhibition which takes place in mid-January at the RDS.

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