Friday, July 3, 1998 Published at 05:24 GMT 06:24 UK
Cash shortage threat to breast screening
Many radiologists say they are considering leaving the job
A lack of funding and inadequate staffing levels are threatening the work of breast cancer screening units across the country, according to a new survey.
Of the 108 breast screening units in Britain, 78 took part in the survey and the college says the findings are worrying, particularly since screening for cancer is so high on the government's agenda for health care.
Funding shortages and staffing problems are placing radiologists under extreme pressure.
At present, women between 50 and 64 are screened every three years, but radiologists are under additional pressure because more and more women are using the service.
The survey says delays in screening are now commonplace and medical experts believe this could pose a significant risk to women's health.