Broken promises on BreastCheck -
programme will not be extended to women in the 65-69
age category as promised this year, a local TD has
Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue said it was "the
latest in a long list of broken promises to
patients" by the Government.
Programme is crucial in the detection and treatment
of breast cancer. At the moment, it provides free
mammograms to all women age 50 – 64. This has vastly
improved breast cancer survival rates due to a
combined approach of screening, symptomatic
detection and improved treatment.
“Breast cancer five year survival is now estimated
at 81.8% for people diagnosed between 2003 and 2007.
That’s up from 76.8% for people diagnosed between
1992 and 1998.
Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue.
Uptake of the programme
has increased in the 50 – 64 year age group from
128,800 in 2012 to 144,000 in 2013."
The Inishowen TD., said it was "vital" women in the
65-69 age category were covered too.
“Patients in Donegal and across the North West
region have seen community health services slashed
right, left and centre over the past three years.
"They were promised by Fine Gael that BreastCheck
would be extended. I am now calling on our local
Fine Gael deputies to ensure that their colleague
Minister Reilly keeps that promise," added Deputy