Breastcheck Campaign – Irish Cancer Society

Older people have a right to parity of esteem in their access to services and treatments, and care must be available on a needs and not age-basis.

The Government has still not delivered on its commitment to extend Breastcheck screening to women aged 65-69 outlined in the 2011 Programme for Government. The denial of this service to women over the age of 64 constitutes a form of ageist discrimination. The risk of cancer increases with age, so immediate political action is needed. Senator White has commented on this issue, arguing that “Older people have a right to parity of esteem in their access to services and treatments, and care must be made available on a needs and not age-basis… For every 500 women screened, one life will be saved. Government inaction on this matter is costing lives.”

Senator Mary White

Fianna Fáll spokeperson on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation.

An Advocate for a new Approach to Childcare, Ageing & Ageism and sucide Prevention

Tel: +353 1 618 3820
Fax: +353 1 618 4046
Mobile: +353 86 256 0533
Email: mwhite@oireachtas.ie

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