IFA women seek roll out of Breastcheck

Breastcheck must be rolled out to all women in the west of Ireland, according to Patsy Beades, Chairperson of the IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Committee. ‘While farm/rural women share with all women very fundamental aspirations to a decent level of health care, there are extra dimensions such as rural isolation and imposed social change which complicate the picture for them e.g. adequate transport for vital health checks’. Mrs. Beades attended a Breast Cancer Public Protest outside Dáil Éireann on Tuesday December 4th where she was joined by other representatives of the IFA National Farm Family & Social Affairs Committee to express solidarity with those affected by failures in cancer care services.  Mrs. Beades highlighted the absence of breast check on the Western corridor from Kerry to Donegal, despite the fact that promises were made to have the service rolled out at the beginning of 2007. The mobile service also promised is not complete. ‘The absence of a formal screening programme for breast cancer means that women tend to present later with the disease’.  She urged the Minister for Health, Mary Harney TD, to implement this vital health screening nationwide to women of all ages as a matter of urgency.