Dáil Éireann - Volume 537 - 31 May, 2001
Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.
Mr. Allen Mr. Allen
 98. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children if he proposes to set up special screening programmes for lung cancer in each of the health board areas. [16379/01]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): It is vital that the techniques used in screening for cancer are proved to be medically effective and accurate before screening programmes, covering large segments of the population, are introduced. Reliable screening techniques for breast cancer and cervical cancer are now well established internationally.
I will keep the question of introducing screening programmes for other forms of cancer under review, having regard to the most up to date advice on the medical effectiveness of the available screening techniques. The National Cancer Forum, which advises me on all aspects of cancer services, has established a working group on cancer screening which will examine the issues and ensure that all relevant research is taken into account in arriving at a conclusion on the introduction of new screening programmes and techniques.
Dáil Éireann 537 Written Answers. Cancer Screening Programme.