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Councillor Mary Howard at the mobile BreastCheck unit.

BreastCheck mobile unit in Ennis

The BreastCheck mobile unit has returned to the grounds of Clare County Council in Ennis and is expected to remain at this location until December. On its last visit, close on 7,000 women availed of the free service.

“Since BreastCheck first came to Clare in 2010 may lives have been saved by this simple procedure,” Councillor Mary Howard remarked.

“These lives have been our mothers, sisters, aunts and cousins. However, it is important to be aware that about 20 men get diagnosed with breast cancer each year also,” she added.

The Ennis councillor said women should carry out regular self examinations of their breasts and encouraged eligible participants to attend their appointment.

BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme encourages women aged 50 to 64 to avail of their invitation for a free breast mammogram (x-ray) in the mobile digital screening unit in Ennis.

It is expected that about 10,000 women will be invited in this round, including approximately 1,800 women who will be invited for the first time. Women are encouraged to contact BreastCheck if the appointment time or date does not suit, as it can easily be changed by calling: (091) 580650.

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