Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 681 No. 4

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  246.  Deputy Charlie O’Connor  Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the action she proposes to take to support the call by a group (details supplied) for a national bowel cancer screening programme; her views on the success of the Tallaght Hospital project, Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17716/09]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The National Cancer Screening Service Board submitted the Expert Report on Colorectal Cancer Screening to me on 3 December 2008. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) was also commissioned to carry out a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on colorectal cancer screening. The HTA was submitted to me on 17 April 2009 and this is currently being examined. I am aware of the pilot colorectal screening study led by a consultant in Tallaght Hospital. The results of this study are in keeping with the findings of the HTA report that colorectal screening is effective in detecting colorectal cancer at an early stage.


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