Situation at June 2002

Country Ireland
Name of the project or programme Breastcheck
Set-up policies in general:
Start of screening activities: April 2000 - first phase
Organisation of screening activities
Number of screening programmes: 1
Target population: 140.000, 50-64 years
Coverage: at regional level (%) 95 %
Participation: at regional level (%) 73 %
Set-up policies in detail
Screening interval: (yrs) 2 years
Mammographic views: Initial screening Two views
Subsequent screening Two views
Double reading % of all mammograms 100 %
Data from the first phase
Percentage of invasive cancers detected under 10mm 25.5 %
Percentage of invasive cancers detected without
lymph nodes involvement
85 %
Detection rate of in-situ cancers 21 %
Detection rate of invasive cancers total cancer 79 %
Future plans
Expansion of the screening activities 2nd phase - 280.000
Accreditation / certification activities? Pre-certification visit by EUREF, February 2002
Link to home page screening activities www:
Name of the authors:
For more information on screening activities in
Ireland you can contact:
Dr. Fidelma Flanagan MD,
Lead radiologists

Dr. Anne O'Doherty
Clinical directors