15 November 2018

Responding to the news that there will be a major overhaul of national screening programmes, including for breast cancer, Gunes Kalkan, Head of Evidence, Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“Innovations are desperately needed to ensure that the screening programme is completely fail-safe, as the shocking errors uncovered earlier this year in issuing invitations must never happen again.

“We know that screening has saved a huge number of women’s lives, so it was utterly heart-breaking many had this option taken away. And it’s clear the failings have gone beyond technology – we regularly hear from women on our helpline who have been left in the dark about screening continuing past 70, when routine invitations stop.

“It is crucial the new system empowers all eligible women with the opportunity to attend screening, and provides clear, balanced information so they can make the right health choices for them.”

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For further information, please contact:

Georgia Tilley, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 3105 3360 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

georgia.tilley@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to editors

Anyone with questions can call Breast Cancer Care’s Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk