Health Insurance Fund invites women to screen for early detection of cancer

Around 600 women are diagnosed in Estonia with breast cancer and 140-150 women with cervical cancer in each year. If detected early, breast cancer can be treated successfully and cervical cancer can be prevented. Therefore, Estonia has introduced systematic screening for the early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer to discover any malignant tumours at a stage when the condition is still treatable. Screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer is a measure included in the Estonian National Cancer Prevention Strategy, which is funded from the state budget and the budget of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. Preventive measures can result in significant reductions in morbidity and mortality due to breast cancer and cervical cancer.

As in previous years, women are sent a written invitation to both screening studies. Women are invited to the screening for the early detection of breast cancer in every two years and to the preventive screening for cervical cancer in every five years.

In 2009, women with a valid health insurance who were born in 1947, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957 or 1959 will be invited to the screening for the early detection of breast cancer.

An invitation to screening for early detection of cervical cancer will be sent to the women with a valid health insurance who were born in 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974 or 1979.

The Health Insurance Fund sends the personal invitations by mail. Invitations are not sent to women who participated in screening in the previous year, who do not have valid insurance cover, or whose address in the population register is incomplete.

The design of the invitations has been modified this year, with the addition of the logo of the screening programme. The message of the programme – 'Give yourself assurance!' – concisely conveys the nature of the screening. Malignant tumours are found only in a small percentage of women and, if discovered early, can be successfully treated; consequently, there is no reason to be concerned about the screening. It is rather a way to gain assurance that everything is in order with your health.

Further information on screening is available on business days from the information telephone line of the Health Insurance Fund, number 16363, or at the following web page: http://www.haigekassa.ee/ennetus/

The Health Insurance Fund invites women to participate in the screening, because it is, first of all, in the interest of your health!


With best regards,

Evelin Koppel
Public Relations Manager
Estonian Health Insurance Fund
+ 372 6 208 439; 534 789 49
evelin.koppel [at] haigekassa.ee

Additional information:
Sirje Vaask
Chief Specialist of the Department of Health Services
Estonian Health Insurance Fund
+372 6208455
Sirje.vaask [at] haigekassa.ee