Since the introduction of my first policy paper in 2006, A New Approach to Ageing and Ageism, I have been campaigning for the abolition of the 64 year old age limit on BreastCheck as one in ten of all breast cancers occur in the 65-69 age group.

The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed the decision to make the necessary investment to ensure that BreastCheck is extended to women aged 65-69, saying “it is the right decision” and will save a minimum of 87 lives per year. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says quality screening mammography carried out every two years in women who are 50-69 should reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by about 35%.

The extension of the scheme to women aged 65-69 is a great victory for those of us who are opposed to ageism, which is endemic in our society.

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
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Email: mwhite@oireachtas.ie

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