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Cancer screening: more opportunities to make an appointment to define your risk profile and take control of your health

News (12/07/2023)

Cancer screening: more opportunities to make an appointment to define your risk profile and take control of your health

The Jules Bordet Institute is making it easier for you to screen for cancer and opening new city centre consultations at the Lothier Polyclinic. Screening as part of a routine health check-up: that is the aim of the Cancer Screening and Prevention Clinic. This means giving everyone the opportunity to map their individual risks (family history, lifestyle, age, etc.) and to monitor these risks annually while supporting every individual in improving their lifestyle and thereby reducing the chances of developing a cancer.   

Screening is a way of anticipating your personal risks
“If everything is in order, you are monitored every two years and receive advice and resources to possibly adapt your lifestyle. If you are at risk, we propose more frequent monitoring, always individualised, as well as resources to act on your health and keep one step ahead of cancer. Your GP will of course be kept informed," explains Dr Burrion, head of the Screening Clinic at the Jules Bordet Institute. “We want to see more people have access to this eminently simple public health service: prevention rather than cure by having a regular check-up. If we detect any clinical signs we make an immediate diagnosis and, if required, arrange treatment. All of this takes place in consultation with the family doctor. Prevention and early treatment are our two major strengths in fighting cancer.  To further boost accessibility, the Jules Bordet Institute is opening a new city centre screening facility with the same quality, reliability and humanity that has become the Bordet hallmark."  

Mapping and monitoring individual risks
The Cancer Screening and Prevention Clinic proposes a cancer risk monitoring service. This is open to all, whether you have no particular risk or a known risk. The approach is multidisciplinary (medical, genetic, social, professional, psychological) and personalised. The risk assessment and mapping during the consultation serves to draw up a personal profile. In case of a high risk profile the doctor will suggest more frequent monitoring. In case of a suspect signal, additional tests will be scheduled to either rule out or confirm a cancer diagnosis.   The consultation also makes it possible to benefit from personal advice on how to reduce your risk while specialised consultations may be proposed in dermatology, nutrition or tobacco addiction. Action when cancer is at an early stage significantly increases the chances of a cure. 

A healthy lifestyle and screening: that is the basis 
At least 30% of cancers can be avoided by adopting the right habits: don't smoke, reduce alcohol intake, protect yourself from the sun, practice a regular physical activity, maintain a balanced diet, keep slim... and get screened.  During your screening consultation, and depending on your risk profile, you will identify with your doctor what is good and what is bad about your lifestyle, as well as what you can do to ensure you are in the best possible place. Getting screened is also one of these good habits to adopt to protect your health. 

Our professionals at the Screening Clinic are also ready to welcome you in the city centre 
From 15 September 2023 an additional screening facility will be open on Friday mornings at the Lothier Polyclinic. Located in the city centre, this new consultation facility is in addition to the screening already available at the Jules Bordet Institute in Anderlecht.  Companies also have access to this screening programme for their employees at the two sites. 

Practical information 
To make an appointment at the Cancer Screening and Prevention Clinic 

  • At the Jules Bordet Institute from Monday to Friday
  • At the Lothier Polyclinic: consultations every Friday morning