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Screening will save six Donegal women a year 12.09.14

THE lives of six Donegal women will be saved every year if BreastCheck screening is rolled out to women aged 65-69, according to the Irish Cancer Society.
The society is calling on women in the county, their TDs and councillors to join them at Leinster House on September 30 to demand the Government keep its promise to extend BreastCheck to women in this age bracket.
The Irish Cancer Society will hand in a petition of signatures to the Government which calls on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to include the screening extension in the HSE’s National Services Plan for 2015. The extension was promised in the Programme for Government in 2011.
“When BreastCheck is extended to women in this age group, every year 87 lives will be saved across the country. In Donegal, six women will be saved every year," said Irish Cancer Society head of advocacy, Kathleen O’Meara.
If BreastCheck was extended, 43,670 women would be invited to attend for free screening each year and for every 500 women screened, one cancer will be detected, said the society, resulting in 87 women’s lives being saved annually.
"We are asking anyone who is aged between 65 and 69 or who has a mother, grandmother, sister or friend in this age group to wear pink and join us at Leinster House on September 30 at 12 pm and demand the Government doesn’t forget about these women," added Ms O'Meara.
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