Publication shows 30% decline in breast cancer mortality in Dutch women 55-79 after 20 years of f-u.

A new publication Valerie Sankatsing et al (Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC) presents findings that show that the implementation of mammography screening in Dutch municipalities is associated with a significant decline in breast cancer mortality in women aged 55-79 after 20 years of follow-up.

Their aim was to assess the long-term effect of screening by age and time of implementation. Breast cancer mortality trends were analyzed by defining the municipality-specific calendar year of introduction of screening as Year 0. Twenty years after introduction of screening breast cancer mortality was reduced by 30% in women aged 55-74 and by 34% in women aged 75-79, compared to Year 0.


The project was launched in September 2015 and will continue to August 2020.

This project has received funding from the European Unionʼs Horizon2020 Programme under grant agreement no 634753