Press Release

Statement on Re-assessment for Symptomatic Breast Disease Mammography by Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney, T.D.

The Minister for Health & Children, Mary Harney TD today (Thursday 25th September, 2008) outlined the position for women seeking reassurance following a negative diagnosis of breast cancer. The Minister said, “I am very conscious that many women who have been told they do not have a diagnosis of breast cancer in the last two years may want assurances that they can have confidence in their assessment. I would advise any woman who has concerns to contact their GP who will refer them to a designated cancer centre for further assessment if necessary.”

The National Cancer Control Programme has communicated with GP’s in order to assist with access to timely re-assessment. Following the initial visit to the GP, any follow-up assessment and/or treatment will be paid for by the public health system. Where a woman is covered for GP expenses under the GMS scheme, the GP visit will also be paid for through the public health system as is normal practice.