Tuesday 16 January 2018

No breast cancer patient will suffer funding cuts, says Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris Photo: Gerry Mooney
Minister for Health Simon Harris Photo: Gerry Mooney
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The HSE had no authority to make a policy decision to cut the supports to women who had breast cancer surgery, Health Minister Simon Harris warned yesterday.

He said he was extraordinarily angry and a "bit disgusted" at the HSE's decision to reduce the allowance to women who have had a mastectomy and need a prosthesis and other clothing supports.

Changes in policy were a matter for the minister and the Department of Health, he added.

No patient who is currently receiving the service will suffer a cut and he has made it clear to the HSE in the "bluntest terms" that there should be no reduction in service.

He wants the HSE to look at broadening and enhancing the service, he added.

Meanwhile, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, has breached the 1,000 mark for the first time.

The figures from the National Cancer Registry show 1,041 cases were diagnosed in 2014 and 10,304 people were found to have non-melanoma skin cancer.

The Irish Skin Foundation has launched Protect & Inspect sun awareness health promotion campaign, targeting the sun-lovers.

It is particularly aimed at those who intend to spend time holidaying in the sun, whether at home or abroad.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland.

In most cases, it is preventable.

Irish Independent

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