Covid-19 and BreastScreen Norway

You can find our information about the coronavirus pandemic and BreastScreen Norway on this page.
Last updated: 9/29/2021

Covid vaccines

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).

Delayed invitations

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 your are waiting for your FIRST invitation, click this link to find information about when to expect your invitation

If you have attended previously, check the status of your area in the table below:

Agder

Telemark

Vestfold

Østfold
Up to 2 months delay

Møre and Romsdal

Oslo

Rogaland

Sogn and Fjordane

Troms and Finnmark

2-4 months delay

Ahus

Hordaland

Oppland

Trøndelag

Vestre Viken
5-7 months delay

Fonna

Hedmark

Nordland

No delay

Som breast centres are about to catch up, but 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.

General precautions

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.  

BreastScreen Norway urges you to follow advice from the local and national health authorities to prevent spreading covid-19. Read more about the coronavirus at fhi.no and helsenorge.no 

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We carry out thorough cleaning at the screening centers during the pandemic - here from the screening unit at Aker hospital in Oslo. Photo: Elisabeth Jakobsen, Cancer Registry of Norway.