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October: Global Breast Cancer Awareness Month Start Pilot Breast Cancer Screening Bonaire

Press Release Zorgverzekeringskantoor BES

During this Breast Cancer Awareness month, Bonaire will kick off its first pilot of the breast cancer health screening program. Women between 50 and 75 years of age will receive an invitation for the screening. In the week of October 21st, the first group of 60 women will start with the breast cancer screening at Fundashon Mariadal.

What is a health screening program and what is screening?

A health screening program consists of medical examinations aimed at detecting diseases at the earliest possible stage. The pilot is conducted in preparation for the general breast cancer screening. The method is called screening; this refers to periodical examinations over a longer time. Breast cancer screening is done every two years, up until the age of 76.

What should you do for the breast cancer screening?

Are you between the ages of 50 and 76 years old and are you insured with ZVK? Then you will receive an invitation by post. You are requested to call the screening coordinator, Mrs. Shahaira Salas-Libier: she will explain the screening procedure, discuss your health condition with you, and answer your questions. If you decide to participate, she will make an appointment for you at Fundashon Mariadal. The appointment will take about 20 minutes. You will receive the results after two weeks.

Why is breast cancer screening important?

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the prognosis. Early detection increases the chance of survival and of successful treatment. Breast cancer cannot be prevented. In the Netherlands, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. Breast cancer occurs most often among women between the ages of 50 and 76. This is why this screening is so important.

How is your privacy protected?

The data in health screening programs is always processed anonymously. Your name is unknown, and all data is registered and processed under a number. All personnel assisting with the screening are tied to medical confidentiality.

Participating or not? Always make the call!

Participation to the breast cancer screening program is voluntary and recommended. Have you received an invitation, but prefer not to participate? Please call the screening coordinator anyway.

This way you help create space for someone else to participate. Do you belong to the age group, but you have not received an invitation? Then please also give the screening coordinator a call.

More information

You can find more information about the breast cancer screening program, the process, the results, and the organization on the website

You can also contact the screening coordinator at telephone number +599 781 0476 or e-mail

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