Women In England May Have Died After Breast Cancer 'Screening Error'

An existing drug offers better help for women with triple-negative breast cancer who also have faults in the BRCA genes

AROUND 270 women may have died after a computer error prevented them from being notified of their final breast cancer screenings.

So the National Health Service (NHS) explained this week when it realised that thousands of older women had not been called back for their final breast cancer screening test.

But a computer error in 2009 has resulted in 450,000 women in England not being invited to their final breast cancer screening.

Apologising "wholeheartedly and unreservedly" for suffering caused, Mr Hunt told Commons today: "Many families will be deeply disturbed by these revelations, not least because there will be some people who receive a letter having had a recent diagnosis of breast cancer".

"Tragically there are likely to be some people in this group who would have been alive today if the failure had not happened".

Women affected by a breast cancer screening failure which could have cut hundreds of lives short are demanding answers over how the problem went unspotted for eight years.

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier stage are more likely to survive and less likely to need surgery to have part or all of their breast removed.

However, many women still detect cancer by noticing their own symptoms.




The health secretary said that any women who missed their mammogram will be contacted by the end of May.

Having breast cancer placed a significantly greater financial strain on black women than white women, according to study by researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"All of that she missed because she didn't get diagnosed and she didn't know anything about it until a year too late", he said. He did, however, admit that the mistake was "not good enough", and promised an independent review on the matter. Many are anxiously playing a waiting game until the letters arrive, not knowing if they've been affected.

Wheeler said that although the study didn't evaluate why the women may have lost private health insurance, it could have occurred as a result of a job loss or because of reduced hours at work that would put them below the threshold of qualifying for employer-sponsored health insurance.

Breast Cancer Now Chief Executive Delyth Morgan welcomed the inquiry into what she called "a devastating error" for women whose cancer might have gone undetected.

"She was taken to soon - a victim perhaps of other's failings".

Hunt apologised "wholehearted and unreservedly" to the women and their families and announced an independent review to investigate the scandal, but the medical profession has warned the implication for Global Positioning System will potentially be "significant". But this will only be true for a small proportion, and nothing will be said to the far larger number of (unidentifiable) women who would otherwise have faced diagnosis and treatment for a condition that would never have harmed them.

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