18 DFómh 2021, 15.11

The Joint Committee on Health will discuss the BreastCheck screening programme and improving outcomes for people diagnosed with breast cancer at a meeting in Leinster House tomorrow, Tuesday 19 October at 11am.

National Cancer Control Programme Director Professor Risteard O’Laoide,  National Screening Services Chief Executive, Fiona Murphy and Lead Clinical Director for BreastCheck Professor Fidelma Flanagan are due to attend the meeting in Committee Room 1.

Speaking before the meeting Committee Cathaoirleach Seán Crowe TD said: “Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and early diagnosis and treatment can improve outcomes and survival rates from this disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Committee welcomes this timely engagement with BreastCheck to get an update on the screening programme.

“BreastCheck currently screens women aged 50 to 69 on an area by area basis. The possibility of broadening the screening age to include more women in the programme, the number of cancers detected by routine screening each year, the impact of Covid-19 on the service and programmes or campaigns to encourage more women to attend screening appointments are some of the issues the Committee want to discuss.”

Watch the meeting live. 

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Committee membership


Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil

Seán Crowe - Cathaoirleach

Sinn Féin

Green Party

People Before Profit-Solidarity

Fianna Fáil

Social Democrats



Fine Gael

Labour Party

Fine Gael