Highest turnout in rural areas
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The Mammography Programme has generally high support, at around 75 per cent, and women in Sogn og Fjordane, Rogaland and Nordland most often make use of the offer of screening. In these counties, more than 80 per cent of those invited participate.
"All honour to the talented radiographers who take care of the women in a very good way," says Solveig Hofvind, head of the Mammography Programme.
The positive encounter between the women and the staff in the Mammography Programme is probably one of the reasons why as many as 90 per cent of those who have already participated once also return the next time they receive an invitation.
Most people who attend a mammography examination are between 62 and 67 years old.
Oslo women drop survey
Women from Oslo have the lowest participation rate in the Mammography Programme. About 62 per cent participated here.
- The reasons for this are probably complex. In the big cities, women can choose private options and opt out of the public program. In addition, we assume that women with a foreign background participate to a lesser extent," says Hofvind.
She says that these connections are something the Mammography Programme wants to find out more about, in order to adapt the programme as best as possible for different groups of women.
However, it is challenging to map this, since the Cancer Registry of Norway is not allowed to register country of origin routinely.
"In any case, we are trying to implement extra measures to get good and adapted information out to, among other things, minority groups," says Hofvind.
|Troms and Finnmark||110 344||78,4|
|See also||128 798||74,3|
|Møre og Romsdal||108 527||71,9|
|Sogn og Fjordane||48 588||81,8|
|Akershus East||145 700||72,9|
|Akershus West||27 414||71,5|
|Vestre Viken||102 888||73,8|
|Total||2 142 369||74,7|
Inviting to survey
The goal of the Mammography Programme is to reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer. This can happen if breast cancer is detected in the early stages, so that the treatment has a better chance of success.
All women between the ages of 50 and 69 are invited to a survey every other year. The invitation contains the time and place of attendance, and the women either come to a stationary mammography unit in their region to have mammography images taken, or they are invited to one of the mammography buses that drive around the country.