Breast Cancer Screening Programme

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Norway. Based on normal life expectancy, one in ten women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life.

Regular mammography is the most important method today for detecting breast cancers at an early stage. Early detection often reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. In addition, early detection more often makes breast-conserving surgery possible.


The Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Programme – “Mammografiprogrammet”

  • invites all women between 50 and 69 years of age to mammography every two years
  • is a governmental, nationwide and voluntary health service administrated by the Cancer Registry of Norway
  • detects every year about 1000 cases of breast cancer or precancerous lesions
  • three in four invited women choose to participate

Mammography does not detect all changes in the breast. If you discover any changes yourself, please contact your GP.



Read more about the                                                                                           programme in this leaflet (pdf)