Cancer screening: simplified and dematerialized procedures

Publié le 06 février 2024 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Getting tested for cancer, even when you are healthy, can help you diagnose it early, detect pre-cancerous lesions, and better treat or even prevent cancer. In 2024, the Health Insurance simplifies the procedure for inviting people to be screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

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Screening tests for cancer are surveillance tests in the absence of symptoms. The goal is to be able to act prematurely, if possible, before the cancer develops. An invitation to get tested is sent to you by the Health Insurance so that you can perform these tests at the recommended ages. If you have an ameli account, invitations and reminders are now sent to you within your personal area of the site.

What are the modalities of organized breast cancer screening?

You are affected by the organized breast cancer screening program if you are between 50 and 74 years old. A review every 2 years is recommended. You will therefore receive, at this frequency, a letter inviting you to perform a screening mammogram and a physical examination. By submitting this letter, your screening is 100% covered by the Health Insurance; you do not have to pay the fee.

If you do not do this, you will receive a first reminder 6 months after the invitation mail is sent, and then a second reminder 6 months later. If you have an ameli account, these 2 reminders are no longer sent by post but are notified on your personal space.

What are the modalities of organized cervical cancer screening?

Organized cervical cancer screening is for you if you are a woman aged 25 to 65 (unless your doctor tells you otherwise). When you are between 25 and 29 years old:

  • 2 initial tests are done 1 year apart;
  • then, if results are normal in the 2 cases, a review is done 3 years later.

Then, from the age of 30, it is recommended that you be tested every 5 years until you are 65.

If you did not complete the screening within the recommended time frame, Health Insurance will send you an invitation to do so. When you have an ameli account, the invitation is now dematerialized and deposited in your personal space (kept for 6 months and then automatically deleted), as are the reminders (one 6 months after the invitation if the screening is still not carried out, then another 6 months after).

Whether mailed or paperless, invitations and reminders for this screening now no longer include bar-coded identification labels; these labels had to be presented during the examination to be stuck on your identification card and on the sample container.

The analysis of the levy is 100% covered by the Health Insurance on simple presentation of the invitation - including in dematerialized format. 70% of the levy is paid by the Health Insurance on the basis of the conventional rate; your health supplement will pay the remaining amount when the contract you have signed provides for it.

What are the modalities of organized colorectal cancer screening?

Organized colorectal cancer screening is for you (men and women) if you are between 50 and 74 years old.

Every 2 years, you receive a letter inviting you to get a test kit. The test is to be carried out at your home and sent back free of charge by post. Dispensing or ordering the colorectal cancer screening kit is free of charge and the analysis of the test is 100% covered by the Health Insurance.

Now, when you haven’t done the screening, the first and second reminders can be cashed out and deposited into your friendly account. Contrary to the invitation, these reminders do not include the labels to be stuck on your identification card and on the tube containing your sample.

In addition, you can now get your test results via a link sent by SMS, if you have indicated your phone number on your identification card. If not, you will receive your results by mail.

Please note

the 2024 Social Security Funding Act has led to an evolution of prevention appointments at different key life ages (created by the 2023 Social Security Funding Act). The ‘prevention check-ups’, which have been introduced, are intended for all persons in the following age groups:

  • 18-25 years;
  • 45-50 years;
  • 60-65 years;
  • 70-75 years.

If you are affected, the Health Insurance must send you a letter inviting you to make an appointment to benefit from your prevention check-up. The device allows you to discuss the following topics with a healthcare professional:

  • your personal and family medical history;
  • the prevention and detection of chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, etc.);
  • your behaviors and lifestyle habits (diet, physical activity and sedentary lifestyle...);
  • your mental and social well-being (sleep, emotional and friendly life, identification of situations of violence/abuse...).

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