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Six breast cancer cases discovered with free mammography screening


Since April 7, 4.862 medical checkups were performed in 17 public health institutions nationwide within free mammography screening for early detection of breast cancer. 3.875 women have normal findings and 987 were sent to further medical check for defining the detected change, Health Minister Nikola Todorov told Sunday.

Depending on the findings, 906 women were sent to ultrasound scan, 51 women to additional mammography screenings and 24 on biopsy examination. So far, six cases of breast cancer were detected and patients were sent to surgery department, Todorov said.

He noted that it is within the average in the European Union where 1.5 to 2 women with breast cancer are detected on 1,000 medical examinations. The novelty within the project is sending invitations for free mammography screening to women at home addresses.

Since the start of this week it is planned 1.452 invitations to be sent to women from Skopje, Bitola and Strumica aimed at making evaluation of the turnout and we expect invitations to be sent on the entire territory of Macedonia, Todorov said.

The mammographic screening includes asymptomatic (without symptoms of disease) women aged 50 to 69 years and who did not perform mammography control in the last two years.