I'D LIKE to thank Tracy Elkins for sharing her battle against breast cancer ("The fight of their lives", Real Life, 24 May).

But why is it that a young woman with a history of breast cancer in her family must fight to convince her GP to send her for a mammogram? I cannot understand why her request was not met by the sensitivity and support it deserved. What hope for patients less knowledgeable, less determined than Tracy?

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