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Newfoundland to unveil monument for patients affected by botched cancer tests

07/05/2013 02:25 EDT | Updated 09/04/2013 05:12 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland's Eastern Health District will unveil a monument Monday honouring the patients and families affected by the province's botched breast cancer testing scandal.

The development of the monument was part of a $17.5-million class-action lawsuit settlement with breast cancer patients affected by hormone receptor testing errors in 2005.

Hundreds of Newfoundland men and women had received incorrect breast cancer test results from 1997 to 2005.

The tests are considered important in determining the best course of treatment for breast cancer.

Mistaken results in 386 cases led to a public inquiry that identified major problems throughout the province's pathology system.

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