Why we conduct this screening

In the Netherlands, 1 in 7 women develops breast cancer. The health screening aims to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage. This increases the chances of successful treatment and also often means that a less invasive treatment is required. All women aged between 50 to 75 years receive an invitation to participate in screening every 2 years. If you participate, we will take an X-ray, or mammogram, of your breasts. This enables us to see if you have breast cancer, before you have noticed anything yourself.
How does the screening work?

Proven effective

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1.3 million invitations

The number of women who received an invitation in 2018. 1.300.000 women received an invitation in 2018.

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1 million participants

In 2016, 1 million women participated in the breast cancer population screening. This is 77.3% of all women invited.

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69 screening centres

There are 69 screening centres in the Netherlands; 59 mobile and 10 permanent. The aim of the mobile screening centres is to offer the screening as close to home as possible.

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Referrals

Of every 1,000 women who participate in the study, 24.3 are referred for further research in the hospital (= 2.4%). Of these referred women, 6.8 women appear to have breast cancer. For 17.5 women, this is a different, innocent defect such as a cyst.

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