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Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer

If you have received treatment for breast cancer during the last eight years, you might be feeling concerned about the Health Secretary’s announcement on 2nd May that 450,000 women in England had not been invited for routine breast screening appointments since 2009.

Breast cancer screening saves lives by ensuring that cancers can be detected and women can receive appropriate treatment as quickly as possible: it is deeply worrying that, according to Jeremy Hunt, between 135 and 270 women had their lives “shortened” as a result of the error.

Some women in Cumbria have already been badly affected by breast screening failures following the problems with the programme at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2010/11.

Burnetts’ Medical Negligence team includes specialists in cases involving delayed cancer diagnosis: our lawyers advised numerous breast cancer patients on their legal position when those failings led to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

You can read more about the team and our experience of helping clients with breast cancer here:



If you would like to talk confidentially about your own concerns, please call Lynne Hall or Dena Daly on 01228 552222 or via this page: https://www.burnetts.co.uk/contact  

Media enquiries should be directed to Angela Huck on 01228 552222.

The NHS has set up a national helpline 0800 169 2692, but if you have immediate concerns about a suspicious lump or change in the appearance of your breast you should contact your GP without further delay.


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Angela Curran

Angela Curran is a Partner and Head of Burnetts' Medical Negligence and Serious Injury.