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National Breast Screening Incident Posted on 11 May 2018

We would like to assure our patients who have been affected by this incident that they will receive a letter by the end of May from Public Health England.

Invitations for screening will be sent to women week commencing 14 May and will continue over the following weeks.

Women who think they may be affected are being encouraged not to contact their GPs in the first instance but to contact the dedicated national helpline on 0800 169 2692 or to look on NHS Choices website for more information at 

  • Those who are aged under 72 will automatically receive an invite for a catch up screen.
  • Patients aged between 72 and 79 will also be sent information on how they can request a screening appointment through the national helpline.
  • All women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment before end October.
  • Woman who have not received a letter by the end of May can be reassured that they have not been they have not been affected by the incident.
  • Patients can continue to opt into further screening beyond their 72nd birthday.
    To do this they should make arrangements to opt into continued screening through the practice using usual processes.

PHE is working with clinicians to provide a risk assessment based on published criteria for each affected woman who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer after the age of 71 years.  Expert advice is that missing a single breast screen at around 70 years of age is unlikely to have made a significant difference to a woman’s breast cancer and how it is treated.


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