The Covid 19 vaccines may, in 10-20% of women, cause swollen lymph nodes in the armpit and breast on the same side as the vaccine was given.
When attending screening, you will therefore be asked if you have taken a covid vaccine. You will be asked about the date of the vaccine, and in which arm the vaccine was placed.
This information is helpful when doctors evaluate your mammograms, as swollen lymph nodes can also be a sign of breast cancer (Norwegian).
Inviations in BreastScreen Norway are delayed, and your invitation to screening is likely to come later than normal (the ordinary sceening routine is every 24 month).
If you have attended previously, check the status of your area in the table below:
|Up to 1 month delay|
Møre and Romsdal
Sogn and Fjordane
Troms and Finnmark
|2-3 months delay|
|4-5 months delay|
The breast centres are about to catch up, however on a national basis, delays are expected to last until summer 2022.
If you notice a new lump or other signs of breast cancer, contact your doctor (fastlege). Do not wait for an invitation to screening.
Read this information before you attend your appointment (PDF in Norwegian and English)
Do NOT attend your appointment if you have a fever, any symptoms of respiratory disease or could be infected with covid-19. Contact your breast center to make a new appointment.