Thursday, 27 June 2019

Questions (127)

Louise O'Reilly


127. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost of increasing funding to BreastCheck by 10%. [27237/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In 2019, funding of €26.1m was allocated to BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme. A 10% increase in funding for BreastCheck would amount to €2.6m.

BreastCheck is a population based re-call programme that offers women aged 50 to 64 a free mammogram every two years. The extension of the service to women between the ages of 65 and 69 commenced on an incremental basis in 2015 for the approximately 100,000 women in this age cohort and will be completed by end 2021. This will provide access to the service for 540,000 women.

BreastCheck aims to reduce deaths from breast cancer in Ireland by finding and treating the disease at the earliest possible stage, when it is generally easier to treat and greater treatment options are available. The programme operates to the highest international standards and has been accredited three times by international experts.