By KEN MURCHISON
Spring Hope Enterprise
OCT 22, 2009
Many women in this area who have had mammograms are being warned by the
UNC School of Medicine that their personal data and credit could be at
risk because of a security breach involving the school's computer system
used for a breast cancer study.
Woman all across the state are receiving letters from the Carolina
Mammography Registry in Chapel Hill that the security breach in 2007 may
have exposed personal information they did not know had been sent to the
As many as 160,000 patient files from across the state may have been
exposed, including 114,000 Social Security numbers.
The information was part of the Carolina Mammography Registry, a
14-year-old registry that collects and analyzes mammograms submitted by
radiology offices from all over the state. The registry is participating
in research being funded by the National Institute of Health's National
Federal regulators waived requirements for patients' consent to be
included in the registry.
"I felt sick when I read the letter," said Spring Hope area resident
Beverly Anderson. "I did not give my permission to give my personal
information to anyone."
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