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Broken promises on BreastCheck - TD 11.03.14

THE BreastCheck programme will not be extended to women in the 65-69 age category as promised this year, a local TD has said.
Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue said it was "the latest in a long list of broken promises to patients" by the Government.
“The BreastCheck 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 McConalogue.
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