Cancer Tests

Hospital fails to alert hundreds of women of abnormal cancer test results

A hospital in the Bronx says it didn't inform hundreds of women about their abnormal results from a cancer-screening test. An emergency review of all Pap smear tests done at the hospital since late 2003 shows that 307 women were never notified of their atypical results. The New York Daily News reports most of the women had a low level of risk, meaning they probably didn't have cancer. However, 30 tested for an "elevated risk" of cancer. The hospital is blaming a clerical worker assigned to check the results and send letters to women who tested abnormally. That worker has been suspended along with several other hospital officials.