Highest turnout in rural areas

Among women in Sogn og Fjordane, Rogaland and Nordland, more than 80 per cent attend class in the Mammography Programme.

Published 29.9.16

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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.

A comprehensive review of attendance in the Mammography Programme has recently been published in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association.

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Women from Oslo have the lowest participation rate in the Mammography Programme. About 62 per cent participated here.

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- 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.

County area
Invitations Met
 2007-2014 Number (%)
Rogaland 175 203 81,4
Hordaland 196 752 78,4
Oslo 209 555 61,6
Akershus 26 485 71,2
Telemark 84 007 73,9
College 124 115 78,2
Troms and Finnmark 110 344 78,4
See also 128 798 74,3
Nordland 104 652 80,7
Buskerud 61 216 76,6
Trøndelag 190 611 76,8
Oppland 90 640 73,9
Møre og Romsdal 108 527 71,9
Sogn og Fjordane 48 588 81,8
Vestfold 110 095 74,3
Hedmark 96 779 70,4
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.