At the age of 48, cervical cancer advocate Vicky Phelan passed away.
Cervical cancer was identified in Ms. Phelan in 2014.
Before receiving her diagnosis three years later, she had a smear test performed in 2011 that revealed no abnormalities.
After learning that she had not been informed that the smear test results she had been given were erroneous, Ms. Phelan revealed the CervicalCheck screening controversy in Ireland. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the BBC’s 100 women.
Many others have expressed respect to Ms. Phelan, including Irish President Michael D. Higgins, who said she had made a “enormous contribution to Irish society.”