Press Release

Minister Micheál Martin announces further extension of BreastCheck to Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow

Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Health and Children today announced the extension of BreastCheck to a further three counties. The Minister said that this expansion is in line with his stated commitment to the national extension of BreastCheck.

Approximately, 19,000 women in the 50 – 64 age bracket in Counties Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow will be invited for screening. Approximately 9,500 per annum will be invited once the programme is fully operational in these counties.

In relation to the extension to the remaining counties, the Minister said that the Board of BreastCheck has submitted a Business Plan to his Department. A number of key issues have been raised by health boards and health professionals in relation to the national roll out of BreastCheck which need to be addressed in advance of further expansion. I am fully committed to the extension of the programme to the remaining counties in the West and South and I will be meeting with BreastCheck shortly to discuss these issues.

The Minister said that this Government’s commitment to the further development of cancers services has been reflected in the increased level of investment provided. The cumulative additional investment in cancer services since 1997 is in excess of€400million, well in excess of the £25million initially envisaged in 1996 to implement the National Cancer Strategy