In May the government announced that due to a technical issue dating back to 2009 which was only identified this year some women in England were denied the last of their invitations for breast cancer screening. In total 174,000 women were affected by this issue, aged between 68 and 71. The government has now published a full breakdown of the figures. These reveal that cross Wolverhampton 864 women were affected, including 302 in Emma’s constituency of Wolverhampton North East.

In response to this announcement Emma said “My heart goes out to all those women who through no fault of their own were not invited to attend their final mammogram. It is estimated that 71 women across the UK tragically had their lives cut short because of this oversight which should never have happened.

“This problem should have been identified sooner and I am calling on the government to ensure that the catch-up mammograms announced by ministers will be completed as soon as possible to give the women effected peace of mind. The 302 women in Wolverhampton North East and the thousands across the country deserve nothing less.

“I hope the government will urgently review all NHS cancer screening programmes for both women and men to ensure that similar problems have not occurred in other instances. This would reassure people who may be worried.

“If you believe that you or a loved one has been affected by the serious failing in the national breast screening programme in England then there is a designated help line to call on 0800 169 2692. You can also seek advice from Breast Cancer Care or Macmillan Cancer Support.

“If you notice a lump or thickening in the breast or armpit and a change in the size, shape or feel of the breast then you should contact your GP as soon as possible.”

June 2018