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Cancer prevention and screening

In Europe, 1 man in 3 and 1 woman in 4 will develop cancer before the age of 75. You can reduce and control this risk. So put the odds in your favour!

Dr Jean-Benoît Burrion
Head of Prevention & Screening Clinic

Primary and secondary prevention

  • Nobody is safe from developing cancer. However, you can reduce the risk by 30% by following a few simple rules (primary prevention):
  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Moderate your alcohol consumption
  • Limit your exposure to the sun.

Thanks to screening, certain cancers, including the most common, can be detected at an early stage, even before symptoms appear. Making use of cancer screening is also a way of putting the odds in your favour (secondary prevention).

The MyPeBS clinical study: for a new breast cancer screening strategy

Prevention and Screening: User Guide

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There are four stages in establishing your risk profile and your personalised prevention plan.

Making an appointment

Begin by making an appointment at the Institut Jules Border Cancer Prevention and Screening Centre:

  • By phone: +32 (0)2 541 30 50 
  • By fax: +32 (0)2 541 31 76
  • By online forms

Once your appointment has been confirmed, you will receive a questionnaire on your state of health and your lifestyle. You can complete this in complete confidence. It will serve as the basis for your discussion with the doctor when you have your appointment.

Consultation with the doctor

On the day of your appointment, bring your completed questionnaire with you. There is no need to have fasted. Our Prevention and Screening Centre is on the 5th floor at 125, Boulevard de Waterloo – 1000 Brussels. You can find us by following the “Consultations/Screening” signs. It is advisable to arrive 15 minutes beforehand. You will be seen by a general practitioner specialising in prevention and screening.


During your consultation, your risk level will be assessed on the basis of the evaluation questionnaire. Your age, gender, personal and family history, your lifestyle and professional profile will all be taken into account. A full clinical examination will also be carried out.

Medicotechnical examinations

Depending on your risk profile, the doctor may offer additional examinations such as medical imaging, blood analysis, etc.

Specialist consultations

Depending on your risk profile, specialist consultations may also be offered.
For example:

  • Dermatology consultation: to check any skin anomalies (recent change in the size or colour of a mole, for example).
  • Nutritional consultation: to correct an unbalanced diet and/or excess weight by dieting and/or dietary advice.
  • Consultation with the Institut Jules Bordet Smoker Support Centre: we take a medical, pharmacological, psychological and behavioural approach. There are three phases in quitting smoking: preparatory phase, detox phase and consolidation phase.
  • Screening test for osteoporosis: to check your bone capital after the menopause.

Our team

- Dr Jean-Benoît BURRION, Clinical Director
- Dr Françoise ANCIAUX
- Dr Thierry CARBONEZ
- Dr Claire LEFERE
- Dr Anne-Marie SCHRAUWEN
- Dr Evelyne STAQUET
- Dr Danièle TAES
- Dr Elie CHAMOUN, Dermatology
- Dr Daphné T’KINT de ROODENBEKEOncogenetic advice
- Mrs Martine DELMELLE, Oncogenetic advice
Martial BODO, Tabacologie
Hilde VANDECASTEELE, Tabacologie
- Mrs Laurence GILSON, Tabacologie


Research projects


MyPEBS: European project comparing the strategy of the breast cancer screening programme ("Mammotest") with a screening strategy that takes into account the individual risk factor. This eight-year project financed by the European Commission (Horizon 2020) started up in January 2018. But recruitment for women volunteer participants will not begin until October 2018.
Information to follow. 




  • Every month, the Prevention and Screening Clinic welcomes 1st Master student doctors.
  • Cancer epidemiology, prevention and screening courses. Haute École Libre de Bruxelles – Ilya Prigogine.

 Scientific publications

100 European core quality standards for cancer care and research centres.

Authors : Oberst S, Van Harten W, Saeter G, De Paoli P, Nagy P, Burrion JB, Lovey J, Philip T
Year : 2020
Journal : Lancet Oncol
Volume : 21
Pages : 1009-1011

AI for reading screening mammograms: the need for circumspection.

Authors : Autier P, Burrion JB, Grivegnée AR
Year : 2020
Journal : Eur Radiol
Volume : 30
Pages : 4783-4784

BRCA gene mutations do not shape the extent and organization of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in triple negative breast cancer.

Authors : Solinas C, Marcoux D, Garaud S, Vitória JR, Van den Eynden G, de Wind A, De Silva P, Boisson A, Craciun L, Larsimont D, Piccart-Gebhart M, Detours V, Tkint de Roodenbeke D, Willard-Gallo K
Year : 2019
Journal : Cancer Lett
Volume : 450
Pages : 88-97

Breast cancer screening : present situation and prospects.

Authors : Burrion JB
Year : 2018
Journal : Rev Med Brux
Volume : 39
Pages : 406-409

Improved cancer detection in automated breast ultrasound by radiologists using Computer Aided Detection.

Authors : van Zelst JC, Tan T, Platel B, de Jong M, Steenbakkers A, Mourits M, Grivegnée A, Borelli C, Karssemeijer N, Mann RM
Year : 2017
Journal : Eur J Radiol
Volume : 89
Pages : 54-59