A new health assessment initiative for ASTI salary protection scheme members launches this January. ASTI Pink and Blue Power offers free breast health assessments to women under 50 and free prostate assessments to men between 40 and 65.
The initiative is sponsored by Irish Life, supported by Cornmarket and endorsed by Breast Cancer Ireland. The assessment services are delivered by Full Health Medical, Beaumont Private Clinic and the Bon Secours Hospital. Eligible ASTI Salary Protection Scheme members will receive invitations by post in the coming weeks inviting them to participate in the initiative.
Commenting on ASTI Pink and Blue Power, ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie said: “The ASTI is delighted to be the first teachers’ union to offer this initiative to Salary Protection Scheme members. As teachers we are often struggling to do the best we can for our students with limited time and resources and sometimes under immense stress. But it is also important that we take the time to look after our own health. We all know the importance of early detection.
ASTI Pink and Blue Power offers the possibility of early detection of breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men, which could greatly improve outcomes for those diagnosed. Assessments will take place in centres across the country.”
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers amongst women in Ireland and it can affect women of any age. The majority of ASTI members are female, and breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Ireland. Breast cancer can affect women of any age. As the national BreastCheck service is available for women over 50, the ASTI Pink Power campaign will be made available to eligible members under 50 who will be offered a free breast health assessment with a referral if necessary.
In Ireland prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer, however there is a very good chance of recovery from prostate cancer. Early detection and treatment is important. Men aged 40 to 60 who are members of the ASTI salary protection scheme will be invited to a free assessment.
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