Luxembourg’s health ministry celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of its mammography programme to help improve early detection of breast cancer.
The programme began in 1992 and, during its first year, 4,790 screenings were conducted, detecting 30 cancers.
This number rose to more than 18,000 in 2014, when 126 cancers were detected. Under the programme, women aged between 50 and 70 are urged to undergo a mammography screening every two years in Luxembourg. According to figures in recent years, out of every 1,000 women screened, 50 show abnormal results of which seven women were found to have breast cancer.
“Many cancers, previously considered fatal, can now be cured. With a few exceptions, early-stage cancers result in fewer deaths and may be better treated than cancers diagnosed at a later stage”, Luxembourg health minister Lydia Mutsch said in a press release published on Monday.
Between 1992 and 2016, a total of 320,000 mammograms were performed.