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Breast cancer screening starts on January 2nd

Breast cancer screening starts on January 2nd

Breast cancer screening will start in January

In Austria, starting from the 2nd, more women should be saved from death from cancer. Early detection of cancer is also legally anchored in Germany.

1.5 million women receive invitations The plans have been running since 2009, health insurers and doctors have not been able to agree on tariffs for a long time, but now the time has come: on January 2, 2014, the Austrian breast cancer screening program will start. A total of 1.5 million women between the ages of 45 and 69 will then automatically receive a written mammography invitation every two years.

Voluntary Free Survey Around 63,000 invitations are to be sent out each month. It will begin next Thursday with women aged 69. Women aged between 40 and 44 and between 70 and 74 could also request an invitation. As a rule, the voluntary examination is not associated with any costs. There is also no need for a separate medical referral to one of the country's 191 radiology stations, an invitation is sufficient.

Detect diseases in the curable stage Every year around 5,000 women in Austria develop breast cancer, around 1,600 die annually. The early detection should reveal the diseases in the curable and non-metastatic stage and thus increase the survival rate and the proportion of possible breast-conserving operations. Up to now, around 40 percent of the Austrian women in question had taken part in these screening tests. The invitation is intended to increase the quota to 70 percent in the long term.

Specially trained radiologists Michael Fuchsjäger, head of the department for general radiological diagnostics at the MedUni Graz, said: "The good thing is that we now have uniform standards." All 570 participating radiologists had been specially trained and, in addition, each mammogram was made independent of two Radiologists assessed. The data would be evaluated for each individual participant and also overall. This is done anonymously. Fuchsjäger also relativized the concerns of many women about the radiation dose in mammography. It corresponds to “only” the dose of two intercontinental flights.

Situation in Germany Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in women. Every year, around 55,000 women in Germany develop breast cancer. Statistically, every tenth woman is affected. The chance of getting the breast during early diagnosis increases to 60 percent. So it's a good argument to go to mammography on time and regularly. In Germany, early cancer detection is legally anchored. The offers contained therein are financed by the health insurance companies. For women over 30, breast and armpit scanning and instructions for breast self-examination are offered once a year. And women aged 50 to 69 inclusive receive an invitation to mammography every two years. (ad)

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