A Guide to Breast Screening

A Guide To Breast Screening cover imageBreastCheck is a free health service, funded by the Department of Health and Children, which aims to reduce deaths from breast cancer by finding and treating the disease at an early stage.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in Ireland. About 1 in 12 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is more common in women aged 50 and over.

Women with learning disabilities should have access to breast screening on the same basis as other women.

The purpose of this guide is to help encourage their participation as much as possible.

The first section - Information for Carers, Family, Friends and Medical Guardians of Care - is for those who care for women and includes necessary information on BreastCheck and what participation in screening requires.

The next section - The Screening Story - is for women themselves and aims to help them understand screening as much as possible.

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Table of Contents

- Introduction

Information for Carers, Family, Friends and Medical Guardians of Care

- Information on BreastCheck
- Information on Attending Screening

The Screening Story

- Your Health
- Your Invitation From BreastCheck
- Your Screening
- Getting Your Result