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Breast screening and your personal information

Breast screening register


Use this service to check if your name is on the breast screening register or update your details (for example, your address).

Check, update or join the register

Your details should already be on the register if you’re a woman between 50 and 68.

BreastCheck has a register of women eligible for screening. This information is given to us by the Department of Social Protection, General Medical Services and private health insurance providers.

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

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 screening test 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 data

We use data to see if screening is effective in reducing the number of breast cancer deaths. We also use this data to ensure the programme is effective and performing in line with international best practice.

We may use your screening data in teaching and in reviews. This is to help improve our programme.

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

Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), we keep your personal details and health records safe and confidential at all times. You will have full access to your personal information and breast screening records. You can request these from us at any time.

Opt-out

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