Deputy Michael Lowry has called on the Government to honour the commitment given in the Programme for Government to extend the BreastCheck programme to women aged between 65-69.
The Independent T.D. for Tipperary has joined with the Irish Cancer Society in urging the Government to immediately extend this life saving screening programme.
Deputy Michael Lowry stated; “Proactive action by the Government on this issue could and would save lives. At present Beastcheck screens women aged between 50-64 every two years, however 10% of breast cancer patients are in the 65-69 age group and sadly this group also have high mortality rates. Screening works, according to statistics from the Irish Cancer Society for every 500 women screened one life is saved.”
“The Minister for Health is scrambling from disaster to crisis. We need decisive action from him now. Funding must be set aside to roll out this extended scheme and save the lives of mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends.”