Breast clinic visits rise by 20pc in 2010
THE numbers of women coming forward to get checks at the eight breast clinics in hospitals around the country is up by 20pc this year -- although the rate of diagnosis is stable.
Up to 38,000 women will have been assessed in the so-called centres of excellence at the end of this year, with 2,600 diagnosed with the disease -- a figure in line with other years
Speaking at the inaugural breast cancer services forum in Dublin yesterday, Ireland's new cancer tsar Dr Susan O'Reilly said the overhaul of services meant women could be offered appointments five days a week and sometimes at the weekend and evenings.
This contrasted with the situation three years ago when breast centres were averaging around one clinic a week.
She added: "Every centre is now operating to a defined set of standards, targets and indicators against which they are measured and audited.
"The most recent data shows these targets are being exceeded.
"At the end of August, 99.8pc of all urgent cases were being seen within two weeks and 98.3pc of non-urgent cases were seen within 12 weeks."