Mammography screening for breast cancer was initiated in Tallinn in 1996 and in Tartu in 1998.
Since 2002, systematic breast screening examinations have been carried out in all regions of Estonia. The participation rate for breast cancer screening has consistently increased from 37% of invited women in 2003 to 50% in 2006 and 66% in 2010.
Estonian Cancer Society Mammography bus
With the funds raised in various charity events and through the generosity of sponsors, the Estonian Cancer Society purchased a new mammography bus in 2009 to provide breast screening service to those regions where there are no permanent mammography clinics.
At the end of 2011, the outdated mammogram on the bus was replaced with a new, fully digital unit which, the society bought, to improve the diagnostic imaging quality by 30%. The new unit also emits a smaller amount of radiation and therefore faster patient service. Thanks to the Estonian Cancer Society mammography bus, the participation rate in breast screening has significantly increased in Estonia’s central and southern regions.