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Speedier roll out of statewide Breast Check services required following latest study

22 February, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD, has described the results of a study in the Irish Medical Times that show that women in the west of the country face more than double the risk of having a mastectomy compared to women treated in Dublin as a "wake up call that needs to be addressed urgently".

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The roll out of the Breast Check service across the entire country is urgently required if we are to address the obvious limitations of the current service which has been highlighted by this latest study. It is absolutely unacceptable and completely inequitable that women living outside the greater Dublin region are more than twice as likely to have a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer compared to their Dublin based counterparts because of lack of screening services. The Breast Check service is a vital and life saving service for women that should be readily available to all women, regardless of where they live. This latest study must prompt a speedier roll out of a statewide Breast Check service than has heretofore been planned." ENDS

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