Recent Quebec review found more than 100 breast cancer false negatives
Mar 27, 2012
The Quebec College of Physicians issued an 83-page report recently discussing the mistakes of a former doctor, who administered 22,500 mammograms. The researchers found that 4,500 tests had to be retaken after it was found the doctor, Dr. Raymond Bergeron, may have gave some negatives when the individuals had breast cancer, according to the Toronto Star.
At the end of the report, it was noted that they had to diagnose 109 women with breast cancer, even though they were told they were clear of the disease, the media outlet reports.
"The human dimension is very important," chief investigator Dr. Louise Charbonneau told the news source. "I don't know one woman who's not afraid of breast cancer. We had to take into account their inevitable anxiety, questions and dissatisfaction."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.