BreastCheck and the fear of failure

BreastCheck and the fear of failure

An expectation that medical tests should be infallible is at odds with reality and raises serious concerns for cancer screening in Ireland

Cancer screening programmes are public health initiatives designed to reduce mortality by detecting the disease at an early stage when it may be more easily and effectively treated. The Irish National Screening Service currently operates three such programmes for breast, cervical and bowel cancer. These programmes are already contributing to improvements in cancer mortality.

The national breast screening programme, BreastCheck, was established with the stated aim of reducing the number of women dying from breast...

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