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:
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.