"Breast cancer detection in younger women falls..."

About: Pinderfields General Hospital

My 32 year old sisters breast cancer was not picked up by this hospital when she had an ultra sound scan.

She should have been referred for a mammogram and biopsy. As she had a suspicious lump they should have booked a follow up appointment.

If they had done this then the cancer would probably have been picked up early.

Instead she died last month.

I was referred by my doctor to the hospital for regular mammograms and because I am 38 and not 40 they have decided that I am not high risk and cannot have one until I am 40 ( all after sitting with me for over an hour asking very traumatic questions about which family member died of what and when).

I knew my sister was terminal at this point it was very upsetting and I was caught vulnerable and agreed to this ridiculous suggestion.

Please get someone to use some common sense when looking at guidelines.

I was going to just pay for this privately but actually have just received my tax breakdown and looking at the form a considerable amount of my income has gone into this system! Why should I!! I will be back you will not be allowed to be lazy with me as well how am I not high risk! I have watched my sister go through hell absolute hell begging to die at the age of 34 how dare you not take this seriously.

I will be back with my husband to back me up so that you cannot take advantage of a traumatic situation.

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Response from Pinderfields General Hospital

We are very sorry for your loss and appreciate that the situation is extremely stressful. We would be pleased to arrange for your concerns regarding your care to be investigated if you would like to contact us directly with the relevant details. The contact email address is pals@midyorks.nhs.uk

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