Belgium extends breast cancer screening:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Belgian government is allocating BFr480 million ($10 million) to extend its breast cancer screening programme to women aged between 50 and 69. Screening will begin in January and women of this age group will be tested every two years. A databank will be established to monitor the success of the scheme. Several other countries in Europe, including the UK, have recently extended breast cancer screening to older women than has traditionally been offered by the service. Spain is currently calling for screening for the group aged 45-50. News of the Belgian funding allocation has also sparked off a row over the role of mobile screening centres.