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Breast screening and your personal information

Breast screening register

Breast screening register

BreastCheck has a register of women eligible for screening.

Your details should already be on the register if you’re a woman between 50 and 69.

This information is given to us by the Department of Social Protection.

If your name isn’t on the register, use this service to join the register. It usually takes about 5 minutes.

You can also check if your name is on the register or update your details (for example, your address).

Your personal information

We need to collect and store some of your personal information to offer you screening. This information includes your:

  • name
  • address
  • phone number
  • date of birth
  • PPS number
  • surname at birth
  • mother's maiden name
  • breast screening history

Your breast screening history can include:

  • your test results
  • breast clinic attendance
  • treatments you've had

We will ask for your consent to hold and use this information each time you have a breast screening test.

If you have had a mammogram as a private patient, we will not hold this information. We are also unable to access any information or results of tests you have had as a private patient.

How we use your information

We use your personal information to write to you. We will contact you when your next breast screening test is due or when your results are available.

We also share your information with other health services that provide follow-up care for screening.

This includes:

  • your GP surgery
  • the lab which checks your biopsy result, if needed
  • the hospital clinic where you receive treatment, if needed
  • National Cancer Registry Ireland, if needed

We do this to make sure we have an accurate record of your screening history.

Other ways we use information

We use your information to check that BreastCheck is:

  • helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths
  • performing in line with international best practice

We may also use your screening information in teaching and in reviews of our screening programme. This helps us to improve our screening programme.

We will never use your name in any reports or in reviews.

We keep your personal details and health records safe and confidential. This is part of our General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) obligations.

You have full access to your personal information and breast screening records. You can request these from us at any time.

Find out how to access your breast screening records

Opting-out of the screening programme

You can opt out of the screening programme at any time by calling freephone 1800 45 45 55.

If you change your mind at a later date you can simply ring again and ask to be put back on the list.

page last reviewed: 15/05/2019
next review due: 15/05/2022