Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty has today (Tuesday) said that it is imperative we extend the successful Breastcheck programme to women over 65 in order to save more lives.
“Today I attended the launch of the campaign to have Breastcheck extended to women over 65. I fully agree with this proposal, as to extend the free national screening programme will certainly help to save lives.
“The Breastcheck programme, has been incredibly successful in Ireland so far. However unfortunately it is not yet reaching everyone. According to the Irish Cancer Society, the incidence of female breast cancer and deaths from breast cancer is second highest amongst the 60-69 age group. Only half of this group is currently covered by Breastcheck.
“Every family knows somebody who has been touched by breast cancer. The cost of extending Breastcheck is only in the region of €3 million and it is estimated that 87 lives will be saved every year; you can’t put a value on that.
“The Programme for Government lists extending Breastcheck to women aged 65-69. I would very much like to see this happen as soon as possible and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Government calling for this change to be made.”