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120,000 Women Missed Breast Cancer Screenings Due To Pandemic

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

4:14 PM - 24 Feb 2021



Over 120 thousand women have not been screened for breast cancer in the last year as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

BreastCheck screening is to resume within the next two weeks.

It comes after the service was suspended again over Christmas.

Invitations are being sent out to women across Ireland this week.

The first appointment is scheduled for March 8th.

Head of BreastCheck Professor O'Doherty says “Sadly, we’ve lost almost a complete year of screening. This time last year, we had to stop screening… Somewhere around 120,000 women have not been screened that we'd [have] liked [to screen].

She assured people that staff have continued working in hospitals, looking after anyone with symptoms.

Staff are now vaccinated, and routine screening is restarting at the “first opportunity we can”.

Professor O'Doherty said they'll be creating "a big a list as possible" for screening when it resumes early next month.



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