Jolie gene test: Cancer service that helped actress is suspended
A service offering tests to women who may have inherited a gene that leaves them at higher risk of breast cancer has been suspended for months at St James's Hospital in Dublin.
Actress Angelina Jolie, who had such a test, had a double mastectomy in recent years to prevent breast cancer.
A hospital spokesperson said the family risk service had been suspended since April because of the demands on its breast X-ray facility for symptomatic patients.
She said funding has recently been received to replace one mammography machine and to buy a third, which is likely to be available early next year. This will help alleviate delays experienced by patients waiting to have their mammogram.