I am backing @IrishCancerSoc #BreastCheck campaign. I raised this issue earlier this year and will continue to fully support the campaign.

Today the Irish Cancer Society were at Leinster House calling on the Government to extend BreastCheck to women aged 65-69.

In 2011 the government promised to extend BreastCheck, this has not happened.

The extension will mean an additional 87 women’s lives a year will be saved through screening.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014.

* 590. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the extension of BreastCheck to the 65-69 age group; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Seamus Healy T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014.


The BreastCheck Programme provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64. A priority of the BreastCheck Programme at present is to maximise national uptake in the 50-64 year age cohort.
It is my intention to extend the upper age range to include the 65-69 age cohort as soon as possible in line with available resources.