Misreporting, mixing up, and mislaying pathology results are a repeating theme in delay in diagnosis and treatment of cancer cases we investigate.

Being given an incorrect "all clear" is worse than no test at all as ongoing symptoms are then often disregarded.

In our experience cervical and breast cancer cases are the most common where pathology is misreported although we have also investigated cases where bowel cancer samples have been misreported leading to the loss of a high chance of cure.