Personalised Breast Cancer Screening

Welcome to the website of the ASSURE project for personalised breast cancer screening. The ASSURE project is supported by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme for Health Research, and started in December 2012. The project is coordinated by the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.

Currently, breast screening is almost exclusively performed with mammography. However, for women with dense breasts the sensitivity of mammography for detecting breast cancer is low. The aim of ASSURE is to develop methods to personalise breast cancer screening, based on risk and breast density markers.

New screening methods using MRI and automated breast ultrasound imaging will be developed. Personalised screening will minimize the risk of a particular patient to have a cancer missed at an early stage, resulting in decreased mortality and increased quality of life due to less radical treatment options.