Older women and breast cancer in the UK: half a mllion go missing

From today’s Guardian:

how can almost half a million women go missing, and nobody notice? Yet that is what we are told has happened. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, came to parliament on Wednesday to confess that up to 450,000 older women in England may have somehow fallen off the breast cancer screening system, thanks to a computer glitch. Unravelling the real-life consequences of that is a complicated and contested business, but Hunt said it was likely there were people who “would have been alive today if this had not happened”; and that up to 270 lives may have been shortened.

There are now older women who haven’t been screened for nearly a decade during a time when cancer rates are high. It seems an important time to check on your older friends, those over 75.

There is another thing to think about: how this connects to the invisibility of older women. How in the world was the problem not noticed for eight years?

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