Cancer screening and prevention
The National Cancer Screening Service, www.cancerscreening.ie, provides three cancer screening services as follows:
CervicalCheck provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60 www.cervicalcheck.ie
BreastCheck provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64 and is available nationwide www.breastcheck.ie.
BowelScreen, www.ncss.ie/colorectal, offers free bowel screening to men and women aged 60-69 through a home test kit known as the faecal immunochemical test (FIT). The programme is being implemented on a phased basis and will be expanded over time until the full 55-74 age group is reached.