5 December 2018

Responding to a parliamentary question answered by Scottish Government, which reveals that there is a backlog in breast screening in some areas of the country, Jane Murphy, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“Such clear evidence that the breast screening programme is struggling to cope with demand will only compound the anxiety and uncertainty felt by many women after the errors earlier this year.

“Every woman eligible for screening must be offered the chance to attend and, importantly, must be able to count on there being sufficient resources available.

“Screening remains the best possible tool for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage, so any emerging problems in the programme must be tackled urgently to guarantee it will be robust for the future.”

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Sophie Softley Pierce, Press Manager, Breast Cancer Care

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