BreastScreen Norway offers screening mammography every other year to all women between the ages of 50 and 69.
Last update May 11, 2020
BreastScreen Norway resumes screening services after stop due to corona virus pandemic
Updated May 24, 2020
In parts of the country, BreastScreen Norway is now cautiously resuming breast cancer screening services. All routine mammograms have been put on hold since mid-March due to the corona virus pandemic.
BreastScreen Norway will contact all affected women to offer a new screening appointment.
Screening services around the country are planned to resume as follows:
- UNN Tromsø/Troms og Finnmark - starting May 11
- Oslo - starting May 18
- Tønsberg - starting May 18
- Ahus - starting May 26 (Lillestrøm) and May 26 (Ski)
- Helse Stavanger - starting May 25
- Møre og Romsdal - May 25
- Nordland - starting May 25
- Porsgrunn - starting May 25
- Trøndelag - starting June 1
- Helse Fonna/Haugesund - starting June 2
- Vestre Viken - starting June 2
- Østfold - starting June 2
- Agder - starting June 8
- Haukeland/Bergen - starting June 8
- Hamar - starting August 17
- Lillehammer - starting August 17
- Helse Førde/Sogn og Fjordane - in August (date to be announced)
This list will be updated as changes occur.
NOTE! DO NOT attend your appointment with BreastScreen Norway if you have fever, any symptoms of respiratory disease or are at risk of being infected with the virus in any other way. Please contact your breast center to make a new appointment.
Follow the general advices from the health authorities of washing your hands properly and other ways to prevent spreading the the corona virus.
Find more information about the corona virus at fhi.no and helsenorge.no
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 more about the re-opening of BreastScreen Norway (in Norwegian only).
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Norway. 3 568 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.
BreastScreen Norway invites all women between 50 and 69 years to have a breast cancer check in the form of a screening mammogram (X-ray imaging of the breast) every other year.
The goal of the programme is to find breast cancer at an early stage so that fewer women die from the disease.
BreastScreen Norway is a public health service administered by the Cancer Registry of Norway. Participation is voluntary.
For women who are invited
All women between 50 and 69 years receive a personal invitation letter with a suggested appointment for a screening mammogram. This invitation comes with approximately a two year interval.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mammography does not detect all breast cancers. Breast cancer can also be found between two mammograms. Always check with your doctor if you notice a new lump or changes in your breast, even if you just had a mammogram.
Information in other languages
- Arabic (invitation letter, PDF)
- Polish (invitation letter, PDF)
- Somali (invitation letter, PDF)
- Urdu (invitation letter, PDF)
Research in BreastScreen Norway
A number of research projects are ongoing in BreastScreen Norway. The projects cover a wide range of topics, and aims to increase knowledge about mammography screening and improve the screening programme.
Read more about our reseach projects here.
List of publications related to BreastScreen Norway