BreastCheck extended to older women in Budget – DEERING

14th October, 2014

 

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, said today (Tuesday) the decision to extend BreastCheck to 65-69 year olds in 2015 demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the wellbeing of Irish women.

Deputy Deering said: “I have been a strong advocate of the extension of the BreastCheck programme since my election to Dáil Éireann in 2011. I passionately believe this decision, announced by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD as part of Budget 2015, will contribute to improving the health of older women in Ireland and preventing breast cancer.

“I have been lobbying the Government for some time to extend the BreastCheck programme to include women up to age 69. Breast cancer survival in Ireland has improved significantly in recent years and this announcement will help to improve it further. Early detection is a key part of the battle against breast cancer. According to the Irish Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the country. Breast cancer is most commonly found in women over the age of 50.

“October is breast cancer awareness month and today’s Budget announcement will help us fight this disease which has already affected many Irish families.