250,000 breast cancer screenings in two years
16 December 2005, BRUSSELS — A total of 245,950 women in Flanders were screened in 2003 and 2004 for breast cancer, Flemish Health Minister Inge Vervotte said on Friday.
16 December 2005
BRUSSELS — A total of 245,950 women in Flanders were screened in 2003 and 2004 for breast cancer, Flemish Health Minister Inge Vervotte said on Friday.
Of the women tested, more than 1,000 were diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease before they developed symptoms.
Minister Vervotte wants to increase the number of women undergoing breast cancer examinations by using digital mammography machines in future.
Breast cancer is one of biggest causes of deaths of women aged 35 and 69, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported.
In 2003, some 1,300 women died of breast cancer, amounting to four deaths per day. A woman in Flanders has almost a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer before her 75th birthday.
One in four women with breast cancer eventually dies from the disease.
In 2001, a Flemish scheme was launched aiming to ensure that every women aged 50 to 69 underwent a mammography every two years.
These screenings help to diagnose breast cancer in good time allowing for a successful treatment.
The first results for the period 2003-04 are now known. A total of 245,950 women were screened or 35 percent of the target group in Flanders.
The Christian Democrat CD&V Minister Vervotte wants to increase the number of screenings by utilising digital mammography machines from autumn 2006.
"They are not only more accurate, but the complete screening process is much quicker," she said.
Vervotte also wants doctors to make use more often of the mobile examination centre, while the Flemish League against Cancer will launch an anti-breast cancer campaign in the autumn of 2006.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news