Why is breast cancer screening important?
One in seven women will develop breast cancer. The screening program is intended to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible moment. Early detection of breast cancer is critical to successful treatment. It also means that in many cases, less radical treatment is required. RIVM is conducting the Breast Cancer Screening Program in the Caribbean Netherlands.
Who can participate?
All women aged 50 to 75 are eligible and will receive an invitation to participate. Breast cancer occurs most frequently in this age group. You will receive an invitation every two years for a mammogram (X-ray) of your breasts.
Participation is free and on voluntary basis.
The screening test
Experienced laboratory technicians at the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) take the mammograms (X-rays) for the screening. Two screening radiologists at the Amsterdam UMC assess the mammograms. The results will be sent to the participants and their GP within two weeks after the screening.
The GP informs the women who were screened about any detected abnormalities and will provide referral to the hospital for follow-up examination or testing.
Do you have questions about the screening?
Please contact: Saba Cares
Paris Hill Road #12
The Bottom, Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
Tel: (+599) 416 3288 press 4
For other questions or complaints about the screening program please contact
Team Population screening Caribbean Netherlands