The Dutch National Breast Cancer Screening Programme is designed for women between 50 and 75 years of age. Once every 2 years, women in this age group are invited for a mammogram.

This webpage contains information about the screening, organisation and background.

Information materials about the breast screening are available in English and other languages

Execution framework

The execution framework describes how the breast cancer screening programme and the subsequent care are carried out so that it runs effectively and within legal, policy-related frameworks. It can be found in the following document:
Framework execution Dutch Breast Cancer Screening (2021).


The Dutch breast cancer screening programme is coordinated by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). RIVM commissioned the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL) to carry out national monitoring of the breast cancer screening programme on an annual basis. Monitoring ensures the quality of the breast cancer screening programme and identifies pertinent issues and bottlenecks.

Is this your first time participating?

Watch the animation below. It shows what to expect from the screening step by step. You can click on your preferred language (Dutch, English, Turkish and Arabic).

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Breast Cancer Screening Programme Coordinator
Centre for Population Screening
Att. Programme Coordinator Breast Cancer Screening