Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Belgium, around one in 9 women is at risk of developing breast cancer before the age of 75.
Detected early, about 9 out of 10 cases of cancer can be cured.
The screening organized in Belgium consists of carrying out a mammography every 2 years from 50 years to 69 years.
This is the mammotest and it is free in our country.
From the age of 50, you will receive an invitation by post to carry out this screening. If you haven’t received it, please click on the link below to request a review.
Mammography can detect breast cancer at an early stage.
Risk factors for breast cancer include: late menopause (> 52 years), precocious puberty, nulliparity (having no children), a first late pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy substitution (after use for more than 10 years).
A family history of breast cancer is also a risk factor.
About 37% of breast cancers are linked to modifiable risk factors such as:
- Alcohol consumption
- overweight and obesity
- poor diet
- lack of physical activity ….
Modifying these risk factors therefore reduces your risk of breast cancer.
If your breast has a mass, a retraction, a nipple discharge or a change in the appearance of your nipple, or any other change in its usual state, it is advisable to go to your gynecologist in order to tune up.
Useful link: Community Reference Center for cancer screening
Dr Fanny Préat