“The extension of the successful free national breast screening programme, BreastCheck, to women aged 65-69 will save lives.
“I have been calling for this change for quite some time and I strongly commend Minister for Health Leo Varadkar for fulfilling the commitment we made in our Programme for Government to extend BreastCheck to women over 65.
“Unfortunately breast cancer has touched a huge number of families in this country. According to the Irish Cancer Society, the incidence of female breast cancer is second highest amongst the 60-69 age group. It is great that BreastCheck will now include these women and will increase early detection rates.
“Early detection is key to good outcomes for women affected by breast cancer. With early detection and the right treatment there is hope for women who have received a diagnosis. As such today’s announcement to extend BreastCheck to women aged 65-69 is really positive for women’s health in Ireland.”