About Us

 


Breast Screening
Cervical Screening
Bowel Screening
Diabetic Retina Screening

About the National Screening Service

The National Screening Service was established by the Minister for Health and Children in January 2007. The establishment followed the launch of a Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland 2006 (.pdf file 1,500 Kb), which advocates a comprehensive cancer control policy programme in Ireland. The Strategy examines prevention, screening, detection, treatment and management of cancer in Ireland in coming years.

The role of the National Screening Service is to:

  • Carry out or arrange to carry out a national breast screening service for the early diagnosis and primary treatment of breast cancer in women;
  • Carry out or arrange to carry out a national cervical cancer screening service for the early diagnosis and primary treatment of cervical cancer in women and;
  • Advise on the benefits of carrying out other cancer screening programmes where a population health benefit can be demonstrated;
  • Advise the Minister, from time to time, on health technologies, including vaccines, relating to the prevention of cervical cancer; and
  • Implement special measures to promote participation in its Programmes by disadvantaged people.

The National Screening Service will maximise expertise across programmes and improve efficiency by developing a single governance model for cancer screening.

The National Screening Service encompasses
BreastCheck - The National Breast Screening Programme,
CervicalCheck - The National Cervical Screening Programme,
BowelScreen - The National Bowel Screening Programme and
Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.