The United Kingdom government recently revealed that up to 270 females in England might have passed away because they were not notified around a final screen for breast cancer. Jeremy Hunt, UK Health Secretary disclosed findings around an independent inquiry regarding the issue, which was linked to an algorithm computer error. It has been said that about 450,000 females did not receive a letter as such, regarding their final screening.
Women that range 50 to 70 years of age are sent a letter in the UK, every three years, inviting them for breast cancer screens, as risk increases with this condition as females age.
Hunt revealed, via a Parliament statement, that Public Health England analysis revealed that those females in England that ranged 68 to 71 years old were not sent a letter around a final breast cancer screening, ranging between the years of 2009 up to early 2018.
According to Hunt, health officials plan to reach out those next of kin for females who might have missed the letter, contracted the illness, and passed away. As per Hunt, officials will apologize, provide a procedure to see if this error was the result of death, and see if compensation is in order.
An independent review shall be launched and chaired by Martin Gore, professor, Institute of Cancer Research, as well as Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support, Lynda Thomas. A report should be completed in by approximately six months.
CNN reported that measures have been put in place to ensure that no other errors take place and help add some reassurance to those who have had to deal with the knowledge around this terrible mishap.
The computer error has been fixed and those women who it affected, and are still alive, marking approximately 309,000 females, will be sent screening invitations by the end of this month.
As per Public Health England, the screening program finds approximately 18,400 cancers annually, where 1,300 lives are saved.