Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Questions (1133, 1134, 1135, 1136, 1137, 1138, 1139, 1140)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

1133. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of women aged 50 to 64 years of age invited for a BreastCheck screening to date in 2017; the number who accepted the offer; and the number who have been screened. [36620/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1134. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of women aged 65 years of age invited for a BreastCheck screening to date in 2017; the number who accepted the offer; and the number who have been screened. [36621/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1135. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of women aged 66 years of age invited for a BreastCheck screening to date in 2017; the number who accepted the offer; and the number who have been screened. [36622/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1136. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of women aged 67 years of age invited for a BreastCheck screening to date in 2017; the number who accepted the offer; and the number who have been screened. [36623/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1137. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of women aged 68 years of age invited for a BreastCheck screening to date in 2017; the number that accepted the offer; and the number that have been screened. [36624/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1138. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of women aged 69 years of age invited for a BreastCheck screening to date in 2017; the number that accepted the offer; and the number that have been screened. [36625/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1139. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the proportion of women that to date in 2017 have been offered an appointment for an assessment clinic within two weeks of notification of an abnormal mammographic result. [36626/17]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

1140. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the proportion of women that to date in 2017 have been invited for screening within 24 months of becoming eligible or since their last screening appointment. [36627/17]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1133 to 1140, inclusive, together.

Until recently, BreastCheck offered free mammograms every two years to all women aged 50-64 years. To date BreastCheck has detected over 8,500 cancers. The roll out of BreastCheck to women aged 65-69 began in late 2015 and will continue on a phased basis until 2021.

The number of women in each age category invited for a BreastCheck screening to the end of May 2017, the number who accepted the offer and the number who have been screened are set out in the following table;

Age

50-64

65

66

67

68

69

No. of women invited

88,750

4,555

345

28

3

0

No. of women screened/ accepted

63,480

3,205

344

23

3

1

The number of women who had an abnormal mammographic result, up to 31 March 2017, is 1,630. The proportion of those women who have been offered an appointment for an assessment clinic within two weeks of notification of this abnormal result is 93.6% (1,525).

The proportion of women, to 31 May 2017, who have been invited for screening within 24 months of becoming eligible or since their last screening appointment is 49% (53,145).