UK Breast Cancer Screening Failure Affected over 400000 Women

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Up to 270 women may have had their lives cut short after the NHS failed to invite them to breast screenings, the Health Secretary has said.

He admitted 450,000 women could be affected and that between 135 and 270 women could have had their lives shortened as a result.

Overall, 450,000 women were not invited for breast cancer screenings.

Fornham St Martin based Gina Long MBE, who is a founding member of the Suffolk Breast Cancer Now Group, said: "As a fundraiser and campaigner for breast cancer, I know full well how imperative an early diagnosis is for those who are diagnosed with this wretched disease".

The incidence of breast cancer is on the rise in rural India.

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Thousands of women in South Yorkshire could have been put at risk because of a major administrative error in a breast cancer screening programme.

NHS England will be expanding the capacity of screening services to enable all women affected to be screened within six months, though ideally as early as possible.

Women in England between the ages of 50 and 70 are now automatically invited forbreast cancer screening every three years.

The error remained undetected for eight years until Public Health England - which oversaw the program - discovered the problem after it began analysing data from the screenings.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined details of a failure in breast cancer screening which was brought to light by an IT upgrade which then revealed IT system issues and a "computer algorithm failure dating back to 2009".

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He also said that the error has since been fixed and promised that the 309,000 women who were confirmed to still be alive would be contacted by the end of May 2018 with the first 65,000 letters sent out this week.

Mahindra Rise, an Indian multinational auto manufacturing company has taken an initiative to create awareness amongst women in rural India against the Breast Cancer disease.

"I am glad the truth has come out, and I just hope that people take more notice of these glitches, it really does affect people's real lives, devastatingly, it really devastates".

He asked: "Did the department receive any warnings in that time, is there any record of how many women raised concerns that they had not received appropriate screening, were there any opportunities to change this mistake which were missed?"

It's thought one in eight women and one in 870 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Issues included the method by which age parameters are programmed into it, Mr Hunt said.

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