Two Birmingham Health Authority doctors examined local coroners' records between 1992-95. They found that two women had committed suicide between receiving notification of recall after mammography and reattending. Neither women had attempted suicide previously, but both had had a child who had died of (non-breast) cancer.
The first woman, who was awaiting follow-up treatment after a mastectomy, wrote her suicide note on her recall letter and gave no other reason. The second woman had a history of depression and alcohol problems and had an appointment for investigation of a suspected lump. She left a suicide note mentioning her fear of admission to hospital.Reuse content