What is health screening?

In the Netherlands we have three cancer screening programs: breast screening, cervical screening and bowel cancer screening. Health screening is offered by the government. Participation is free and voluntary. Health screening is carried out by five regional health screening organisations.

Proven effective

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4,109,943 invitations

The number of women and men who received an invitation for breast, cervical or bowel cancer screening in 2017.

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2,606,457 clients

The number of women and men who participated in breast, cervical or bowel cancer screening in 2017.

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913 staff

In the Netherlands 913 staff were involved in carrying out the three cancer screening programs that took place in 2017.

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31,400 diagnoses

The average annual number of people diagnosed with cancer following the health screening program.

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