Breast Check

Breast screening helps find cancer at an early stage. If it’s found early, it’s easier to treat and there’s a better chance of recovery. Breast screening involves having a mammogram of your breasts at a BreastCheck clinic or mobile screening unit. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used to find breast cancer when it is too small to see or feel.

You’ll get a letter with your breast screening results within 3 weeks after your mammogram. The results will also be sent to your GP. Most results are normal and no cancer is found. Breast screening does not find all breast cancer. But screening has been proven to lower the number of women dying from breast cancer.

Cost / Price:

€60

Appointment Duration:

15 minutes

Please call at 021 487 2555 to book an appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

You will become eligible for breast screening once you reach the age of 50. Your first invitation will depend on when screening is available in your area. This is normally within 2 years of your 50th birthday. Your details should automatically be on our register. To check if you are on the register or update your details please call at 1800 454 555 or go to www.breastcheck.ie/ssregister/index.php

The risk of breast cancer increases as you get older, all women between the ages of 50 and 69 are invited to take a mammogram every 2 years. The incidence and mortality from breast cancer in this age group means that it is effective to screen women between the ages of 50 and 69. You will remain eligible for breast screening up to the age of 69. After this, you need to continue to be aware of any symptoms of breast cancer.

Talk to your GP if you’re worried about symptoms of breast cancer. Screening is only for women who appear healthy or have no symptoms.

Symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • a lump in either breast
  • discharge from either of your nipples (which may be streaked with blood)
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

Self-checking

It is important that every woman is breast aware. This means knowing what is normal for you so that if any unusual change occurs, you will recognize it. The sooner you notice a change the better because if cancer is found early, treatment is more likely to be successful. Get into the habit of looking at and feeling your breasts at least on a monthly basis.

Techniques for checking your breasts

Look for changes by using a mirror so that you can see the breasts from different angles. Feel for changes. An easy way of feeling your breast is in the bath or shower. Some women prefer to feel for changes while lying down. For more information visit www.breastcheck.ie