Eighteen women diagnosed with breast cancer after faulty screening

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  • Faulty mammograms are to blame for errors

    Eighteen women have been told they have breast cancer after a consultant
    working at Accrington Victoria Hospital conducted faulty mammograms, it has
    been disclosed.

    The women were given the devastating news after colleagues of the consultant, a senior radiologist working for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, raised concerns about his work.

    In all, 355 mammograms, going back three years, had to be re-checked by an independent review of breast screening assessment clinics carried out by a ‘quality assurance’ team of medics.
    Eighty-five women had to undergo a second breast examination, and 14 were told they had invasive breast cancer. Another four women were diagnosed with dutal carcinoma in situ, which Cancer Research UK described as a very early form of breast cancer.

    Doctors insist their prognosis will not be affected by the wait. All the women are aged over 50.

    Rineke Schram, medical director of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘On behalf of the trust, I would like to apologise for any distress and anxiety this incident has caused.’

    Around 46,000 women each year are diagnosed with breast cancer and around 12,000 die from the disease annually, according to Breast Cancer Care. Breast cancer is the second biggest cause of death from cancer for women in the UK after lung cancer.


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