Breast Cancer Awareness month happens every October and it is a time to show support for people who have been affected by breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in Ireland.
There are approximately 3,500 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Ireland every year.
In a 2023 national survey for Breast Check, almost half of Irish adults (48%) said they have either been personally affected or have had someone close to them affected by breast cancer.
Most cancers are detected when women present with symptoms to their own GP or hospital consultant.
About a third of breast cancers are detected through screening. We screen about 170,000 women every year and will detect about 1,100 cancer cases through Breast Check.
Breast Check is a free national screening programme for women aged 50 –69.
Our focus for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
– Highlight the Breast Check programme and what it offers.
– Encourage people to attend their appointment when they are invited.
– We are particularly encouraging women to come for their first screening appointment.
– Encourage eligible people to register for Breast Check.
We provide breast screening for women aged 50 to 69, every 2 years and provide access to appropriate care for those who need further tests and treatment.
Due to COVID-19, invitations for screening have been delayed by up to 1 year. Your first invitation will depend on when screening is available in your area. This is normally within 2 years of your 50th birthday, but you may be 53 when you get your first invitation.
Check that your name is on the breast screening register, or call the Freephone number on 1800 45 45 55.