APH 2006, 64, 55-70:
Twelve years of breast cancer screening in Flemish-Brabant and Limburg.
G. Vande Putte, E. Van Limbergen, A. Van Steen, C. Van Ongeval, G. Eeckelaers, MJ Hernández-Benito, J. Steylaerts
Keywords: mass screening, mammography, predictive value of test, programme evaluation
The Leuven University Centre for Cancer Prevention (LUCK) has been involved in breast cancer screening since 1993. It participates in the Flemish breast cancer screening programme that started in June 2001 and provides a biennial mammography to women aged 50 to 69 years.
This paper presents early surrogate indicators from 1993 to 15 June 2001 (BS) and from 15 June 2001 to 2004 (AS) in the provinces Flemish-Brabant and Limburg and examines whether the recommended European standards have been achieved.
Methods: Early quality indicators, according to The European Guidelines for Mammographic Screening (14) were calculated for initial as well for subsequent screens.
Results: In this period 194,118 women have been screened, 64,503
before and 129,615 after the starting of the Flemish programme. The
coverage in the first period ranged from 14.3% to 32.7% whereas the
coverage AS varied between 34.6% and 44.4%.