"It's a personal risk that the doctor has to discuss with the patient not only a tangible risk, but also what makes women feel comfortable." Some women find that they are still coming to check. "They must be able to go to the doctor or, if necessary, longer than the standard five years," says Witteveen.
Sabine Siesling, researcher at the Dutch Center for Comprehensive Cancer and the University of Twente, joins. He also sees that women often get nervous about the control picture. "Some women say they get upset for three weeks and the chance of rediscovering cancer can be very small." However, he understands that skipping a check may result in the loss of a dangerous hit.
"No estimation is 100% safe, there is always the risk that something will be missed, but we tested the model for 50,000 women who showed that the risk can be properly assessed." Also in the current observation system more than half of women discover a nodule between two consecutive studies, says Siesling. "The advantage of the new way of observation is also that women with high risk are more likely to take control," says Witteveen.
"It is now particularly important to examine how this risk can be interpreted in a comprehensible way," says Siesling. "If a woman wants to have control every month, you may wonder if it helps, her fear may be greater than the real risk that she is running, and the doctor must be able to help her assess the risk."