BreastScreen Norway

BreastScreen Norway offers screening mammography every other year to all women between the ages of 50 and 69.

Last update 15 March 2020

BreastScreen Norway 

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

Corona virus: Screening centres closing  

All screening centres in BreastScreen Norway have decided to stop performing routine screening mammograms until further notice. 

  • Hedmark - closed as of 16 March
  • Oppland - closed as of 16 March
  • Møre og Romsdal - in Molde as of 13 March, in Ålesund closed as of 16 March 
  • Oslo - closed as of 16 March
  • Helse Fonna/Haugesund - closed as of 16 March
  • Stavanger - closed as of 16 March
  • Haukeland/Bergen - closed as of 13 March
  • Nordland - closed as of 16 March
  • Vestre Viken - closed as of 16 March
  • Ahus - closed as of 16 March
  • UNN Tromsø (Troms og Finnmark) - closed as of 13 March
  • St. Olav (Trøndelag) - closed as of 16 March
  • Agder - closed as of 16 March
  • Helse Førde - closed as of 16 March
  • Østfold - closed as of 16 March
  • Telemark - closed as of 16 March
  • Vestfold - closed as of 16 March

We do not know how long the closures will last. BreastScreen Norway will get in touch with affected women when service resumes. 

We advise you to follow the general advice and information about the corona virus from your local health trust (hospital) and at


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

More information:

Contact information

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